This is another great way to occupy children with something creative.

Do you experience a little buzz of excited anticipation when rifling through the post that appears on the door mat? When all appears to be ‘junk mail’ a handwritten envelope with a real stamp on it sparks something in me.

Whether you hand make thank your cards, find some from your favourite shop or have some from a special place you visited, let the kids get creative in readiness for sending thank you cards after Christmas. It extends the joy of giving and receiving and brightens days.

Popular words and phrases today are ‘mindfulness’ and ‘mental wellbeing’, the process of saying ‘thank you’ is beneficial to everyone.

Oh, a word of advice – keep those present tags and make a note of who sent what. You can make a list and keep track. How many homes around the country will be saying – ‘Hey Siri, add to list…’?

NHS – 5 steps to mental wellbeing

New York Times – Do Thank-You Notes Still Matter?

Forbes – Five Reasons To Write Thank-You Notes

Time – Why You Should Write More Thank You Notes

Harvard Medical School – Writing a thank-you note is more powerful than you think

Do let us know how you get on, share with us on social media (you’ll find links on the right hand side of this page or at the bottom on mobile). We’d love to hear from you, to see some pictures and by all means share ideas for next year. We already have a growing list we couldn’t fit into this challenge.

Please continue to follow our Advent Challenge here

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