An awkward thing happened to me today, a mum at the school gates said "thank you for the thank you card, but you thanked us for the wrong present!" As I cringed in embarrassment hoping that it was a simple Alex/Alexandra mix up, I remembered I had wittered on to the other mum last week about how fab the *wrong* present was!
thank you notes can be quite simple!
The worst thing is that I'm quite strict about this, the boys never open up presents at their parties (well maybe just one), they open them at home after when it is calmer or on their birthday if it is close. I am always there with pad and pencil making sure I write down who has given what, so we can thank them personally and the boys appreciate what they have been given. I have seen so many big parties when the gift you have carefully chosen, is unwrapped and dumped unceremoniously in a big pile in the corner (with you regretting not buying something quite inappropriate when that happens!)
I never fail to be shocked when we don't receive a thank you note, so many people just don't bother any more! I really value and pass on to the boys good manners, it's so important. We also try and hand make the cards too, so a little effort has gone in from the child not just a mum written card. I obviously muddled up the gifts this year to my embarrassment, oh well maybe if I could just ask them all to swap cards?