This post originally appeared at my parenting blog The Gift of Good Manners. I will be cross posting some of my favorite content from that blog here at the Etiquette Daily periodically. I hope you enjoy these posts as much as I enjoyed writing them.
As I was driving to work today and thinking about a post for The Gift site today, it entered my head that this is a very special etiquette week. After all, Thursday is a day devoted to saying Thank You! What could mean more?
Here at The Emily Post Institute there is one manner that shows up on every top manners list we create. When I talk to kids and their parents, I tell them there is one manner that we talk about all the time! And that manner, of course, is saying thank you. By saying thank you, we acknowledge those things that are special in our lives: that people do nice things, that people help each other out, that people share, that people give each other gifts. By acknowledging the things others do for us, we make them feel good, feel happy, feel appreciated.
And this week, across this country, there is a special day devoted to that manner. How amazing is that? A day devoted to saying Thank You. What could be better? I have to say that it’s probably my favorite holiday.
And so it is with great joy for the coming holiday that I say to all of you: