Are you going to write thank you letters now that Christmas is over? Even if you haven’t written them before, you might like to give them a try this year, rather than send a text message or an email.

British etiquette expert William Hanson has some good tips for us:

  • Keep a list of who gave you what.
  • Use good quality writing paper with matching envelopes.
  • Writing paper can be around A5 size for social correspondence.
  • Use blue or black ink from a fountain pen (I’ve gone back to writing with a fountain pen and it’s great!)
  • Write your address at the top if the writing paper has no letterhead.
  • Don’t start the letter with ‘thank you’, but rather something like, ‘It was very nice of you to buy me the beautiful vase…’ And say thank you within the letter.
  • Send out letters as soon after Christmas.