Sunday, December 17, 2006

The Agony

I'm writing thank you notes (FINALLY) and I haaaaaaaaaaate it. I really am grateful, and would happily throw dinner parties for each person or make them individual chocolate caramels with sea salt imprinted in their name. But I HATE writing thank you notes. HATE IT! HATE IT! I'm combining some with Christmas cards, and some have the humiliating combination of Christmas card, thank you note for gift AND a thank you note for a party. See, I suck. And Mom, you're not allowed to comment here or in any other forum.

I actually am trying on one write it as a Christmas card/condolence letter/thank you, but I don't think it's working. Damn.

5 comments:

Nothing But Bonfires said...

If it makes you feel any better, the thank you letter you sent me after the kitchen shower was the best one I've EVER got. I kept it in a drawer and read it when I was feeling down. It cracked me up.

Jemima said...

What did I say? I'm completely traumatized right now from having written the same thing 600 times, which makes me feel disingenuous. I tend to write thank you LETTERS, so it's taking me a really long time. Plus, I have tendonitis from knitting so much. No...really. Sigh.

Jennifer said...

I also hate the feeling that I'm no disingenuous by writing basically the same thing to everyone... but they'll never know. And it makes the task so much more do-able if you give yourself permission to not write a long, heartfelt, personal letter to every single person.

The key for me is to make a formula when you have such a volume of cards to write. I favor:

Dear ____:

Thank you so much for the lovely/great/beautiful _________. It has been great for _________. Thanks again, we truly love it!

We were so happy to see you at the wedding/party/etc. Thanks for sharing our day with us!

Love,
X.

If you want some help, just ship some cards over to me! I have a serious problem with card-writing. I love it, not sure why. It's the only thing that saves me from total grinch-hood: We may not have a tree, and we may not exchange presents, but I ALWAYS send Christmas cards!

barbie2be said...

if i didn't have the handwriting of a serial killer, i would offer to help you too. but i am quite sure you at least want the cards to be legible.

Anonymous said...

i hate to point out the obvious, but if you didn't want to write hundreds of thank you notes, maybe you shouldn't have accepted hundreds of gifts.
i know you are getting lots of back up here (including the toddler appropriate fill-in-the-blank sample.) but honestly,it is hard to feel sorry about you taking 10 minutes to write a note to someone who shopped off a list you created and traveled to attend your wedding.

don't give up.it is time well spent.