What’s Happened to Thank-You Notes?

The holiday gifts and checks have been sent and received … or have they?

When our children were growing up, we hounded them to write thank-you notes. Today, however, notes of appreciation seem to be a lost art.

Millennials, in particular, seem oblivious to the rules of etiquette. USA Today dubbed them “awful millennial manners.” Considering that many digital natives see nothing wrong with breaking up via text or emailing a condolence letter, it’s not surprising that thank-you notes rank low. Indeed, a 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll this year found that only 23 percent of those surveyed consider such notes important.

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