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Giving Thanks

(Mrs. John L. Strong’s Informal Holiday Folds)

A week after Thanksgiving? Threw you with that one, didn’t I? It’s a good idea, though, giving thanks.

Specifically, this is a very good week to stock up on some thank you cards. Thanks go out to those who have invited you for holiday parties… yes, even the corporate events and fund raisers. Somebody when to the trouble to organize things, book a caterer and make sure that you had an open bar for the evening. Say, that is swell…thanks!

And, as the old saw goes, don’t forget to tip your cocktail hostesses. Or I should say servers. That includes your postal employee, the newspaper delivery guy, the UPS guy and the garbage men (a hot cup of coffee in a go-cup is almost universally appreciated in the busy season….), the doorman (if you’re living the high life in a big city!), and just about anyone else who makes life easier for you.

A small, but very elegant gesture in a very busy season.

5 thoughts on “Giving Thanks

  1. Yes, indeed, starting to stock up – little trinkets and treasures to give to those who I am thankful. So many people just “volunteer” always stepping up to say yes to do their part to make the world all the more worthwhile. I have a file with a list for easy reference. If anything, it makes me feel less ‘Scrooge-like!”

  2. Couldn’t agree more, I always buy a case of affordable Grower Champagne, affix tasteful labels of thanks and our names to the back, add bows, and have them on hand for all the folks you mentioned plus the barber (mine), sylist (Mrs. H), landscaper, et. al. As an added bonus a few leftovers last year inspired a post New Year’s Champagne brunch.

  3. Mrs. John L Strong = shockingly expensive = deliciously beautiful = worth the (infequent) splurge = my house stationer

    One of “her” more affordable treats are notepads for specific rooms or locations with the locale engraved at the top of each page, including “library”, “pool house”, and “private jet” — they make delightful hostess gifts

  4. Would love to see more features on stationary. Someone once told me that all of America’s currency is printed on Crane paper and that the company is privately held, and that the arrangement is for life. Can anyone confirm if this is true or some sort of genteel urban legend? We visited the Bureau of Printing & Engraving in Washington, DC, many years ago with our kids and it was the most interesting tour I have ever taken–absolutely cool! But there was no mention of the type of paper used for printing.

  5. Hello Paula,
    While the Bureau of Engraving and Printing doesn’t mention it… Crane & Co. certainly do. From the Crane website:

    Currency & Security Papers

    Crane & Company has manufactured currency and security papers for nearly 200 years. We have continually supplied the United States Treasury with its currency paper since 1879. United States Currency utilizes the most durable banknote paper in the world, achieving the longest life span of any paper currency, and Marathon High Durability substrate is the secret of the U.S. currency’s success.

    Over the decades, the consistent drive of our technology has been in the durability, printability, aesthetics and anticounterfeiting features of banknote papers. Since being awarded a patent in 1844 for banknote paper with embedded silk threads, Crane has been a leader in developing paper-based counterfeit deterrents, such as advanced security threads, watermarks, planchettes, security fibers, special additives, and fluorescent and phosphorescent elements.

    For more information about U.S. Currency, please follow the links below:

    Bureau of Engraving and Printing
    Secrets of Making Money
    U.S. Secret Service
    The Federal Reserve
    U.S. Treasury Department

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