Monday, December 15, 2008

the lost art of.....



Maybe it's all the emails we get, facebook, myspace, instant communication without much thought, but I think the art of letter writing is gone. I also am saddened to see the art of thank you notes gone. I have always tried very hard to make it a priority with my children show they are thankful. I especially try to get them to help in writing thank you notes for gifts they have received. 99.9% of the time I think I've been successful. I think it's important for a few reasons. First it causes them to stop and be thankful. They get so many gifts for birthdays and Christmas that sometimes if we are not careful these gifts get lost in the sea of other gifts of years past without a though for the one who gave it them. When they take time out to write a thank you note they remember the person that they are thanking. The gift then becomes a little more personal. It also helps them to have a heart of thankfulness. We can so often forget to say a quick thank you let alone write a little note. We can also fail in this area in our relationship to God. It's so important to teach our children to offer thanks to Him and to those around us. I don't want my children to be those who just get and get and never give thanks. I also think it touches those who receive the thank you. I know we should give without expectations, but doesn't it just make you smile when you someone says thank you for the cookies you made, or you get a little note thanking you for the birthday gift you sent. It draws us closer together. So today we made thank you notes in preparation for the gifts they will receive at Christmas. After Christmas we will personalize them. These cards we made with an ink thumb print (how much more personal can you get =) ) google eye,s mini brown pom poms and a brown marker....TA DA instant reindeer, which we actually studied in science today and NO I didn't plan that!
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom;teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hyms and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him Col 3:15-17

3 comments:

It'sSteph said...

We always love your thank-you cards and I agree- it is a lost art! I need to do this with my kids (and do it myself!)

Aleyne said...

Oh, my. Look at those little googlie eyes. Those are so cute!

sarasusen said...

I'm feeling guilt for the lack of Thank you cards sent now......