(Closed) Thank you card for a card?

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
4192 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

@futuremrste:  I sent a heart-felt e-mail to those who send cards, thanking them for the lovely card and best wishes, etc. Save your stamps- you’ll need them soon enough! 🙂

Post # 4
9050 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think a phone call is great for a card. Just call to say how nice it was of them to think about you.

Post # 5
1692 posts
Bumble bee

Cards fall under the general social classification of “letters”, which are the written equivalent of conversation. When someone chats with you, you don’t thank them for speaking, but you reply politely (and, one hopes, interestingly), and then they can reply back, and then you reply, and you have a conversation. When someone sends you a letter, you don’t send a thank-you note (whether on a ‘card’ or a piece of notepaper is irrelevant). But you send a note in reply, and if you are lucky they reply back, and behold! you have reinvented social correspondence. Good luck with that.

Despite what you may hear from purists, social correspondence carried out by email is still correspondence. It’s fun to get envelopes in the letter-box, and the smooth friction of a pen-nib over fine paper is sensually pleasurable, but in the twenty-first century we have to at least acknowledge the electronic options.

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