As I have ranted about before, I dislike writing thank you notes. In some circles they are perfunctory, and a necessary evil. If I had a dime for every time I heard "if you don't want to write the note then just give the present back," I would be living in a fantastically expensive address in the Gold Coast and driving a Jaguar. I was a bit late writing my Thank-Yous this year (an obnoxiously dense schedule of overnights in the delivery room can do that to a body). I heard from my mother today, telling me that a relative had received my note, and said thank you.
The relative said THANK YOU for the THANK YOU note. Now, should I say thank you for the thank for the thank you??? Where does the gentility end!!??!