13 January 2015

Gratitude...A Lost Tradition?

Hello all! I hope you are enjoying this winter time.  It is a rather bittersweet time for me, as I so enjoy Christmas, with all it's traditions and Family time.  And yet, the promise of Spring is just around the corner. This specific time of year, before the middle of January hits,  I am reminded of my childhood and a tradition that I and my siblings grew up grew up with, that seems to be all but lost in today's world of technology. Text messages, instant messages, and Facebook postings seem to almost replace pen and paper, as well as, actual human interaction. I am, unfortunately, guilty of this, too.

I do hope this is just me and my observations, but I'm afraid it has spread much further than just my little world. So, I have a question for you, have you written your Thank you cards yet? Do you know what I am talking about?

For some of the younger adults, reading this, you may not even know what I am talking about. I am certain though that, at least people my age or older, will know all-too-well, what I am referring to. This time of year, that, when I was growing up, was the time where our parents sat us down and reminded us how many people were so kind to us and how grateful we should be. (For, those who took the time to think about us, our likes and dislikes, went to the stores, or opened their checkbooks and their hearts, and brought or sent us something for Christmas) But, more importantly, how we needed to let them know how appreciated they were for all their efforts. In a truly simple way. 
Whether we had just received new stationery, that we were excited to use, or we needed to take a little of the "extra" cash that we had just been gifted, we needed to sit down. Make time, and write a letter, not a long, gushing letter. Just a note. A few lines at least, to Thank them for what they did or gave.

I don't know why this seems to be a lost tradition. Many parents don't seem able to take time to do this with their children as much, I'm sure. But, there is a level of priority needed. Maybe today's world of dual-income families or single Moms & Dads, raising children on their own, limits our time. However,  we do seem to make time for "me time", "date nights", "kid time", even "God time", I hope that we are also able to make, "gratitude time" important once again.  It takes effort. It takes time. It shows kindness. It shows Love. It shows that we care. It says, what you did for me matters. Just a little food for thought as you and your children are receiving special parcels and money holding cards to celebrate Christ's birthday.

My hope...that, both, you and I spend a little time being grateful for the abundance of love and kindness that we have received from others.
Many Blessing to you all for a wonderful, spirit-filled week.

I'll be sharing this post with these lovely ladies!


  1. Very nicely said, Theresa! It's truer than true that no one has time for these things, especially young mothers who work full time but it's sad to see some of the gentility of the past pass away, like a gentleman would stand when a lady enters a room, utmost respect for (and fear of) teachers, among others. Very well written, Theresa!!

    1. Thank you so much, Linda. I hope, like other customs and fads, they make a return! I appreciate your kind comment.

  2. In our family we write thank you notes for gifts received. It doesn't matter how many electronic devices people have. Hand-written, sent-in-the-mail cards are what we do! My children and grandkids know that!

  3. I'm a big fan of the written word Theresa, and you're right. It's a lost art, which makes writing or receiving a thank you note that much more special. Now if only kids could learn how to write AND spell, that would be wonderful ;).

  4. The tradition of greeting card still lives on with those people who believe in its sincerity. While others prefer the fast-paced and more convenient social media, others still spend their time designing their cards and drafting their messages. It takes effort, that’s why most of the people who receive them value those more than the virtual message they get. Anyway, you’ve got a lovely card there, Theresa. Have a great day!

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