Children and Thank -You Notes

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We all want to give our children the tools to succeed in life–to make many friends and handle social situations with gratitude and grace. It is with that thought in mind that children should be encouraged–or perhaps required, depending on your view of encouragement–to begin writing thank-you notes as soon as they can read and write.

By teaching your children to write thank-you notes as early as possible you will be doing them a lifelong favor. ‘Thank you’ is one of the first concepts learned by children, and often they can express surprisingly mature thoughts and feelings. Writing them down may require a little help, but it should be fun, and it will be beneficial at not only a young age, but throughout their life.

The above is from, Writing Thank-You Notes, Finding the Perfect Words, by Gabrielle Goodwin & David Macfarlane.

The Lamb

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The Lamb is a symbol of Christ, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God’ (John 1:36). The Jewish Passover lamb commemorated the Lord’s deliverance of the Israelites out of Egypt; their salvation was guaranteed by the blood of a lamb painted on their doorways (Ex. 12:1-13).  The salvation of all men is made possible through the blood shed in the sacrifice of Christ, the new Paschal Lamb, on the Cross.  The Lamb is therefore a symbol of the resurrected and living Christ, ‘…the Lamb who was slain…’ (Rev. 5:12).

The above is from The Elements of Christian Symbolism by John Baldock, Elements Books Limited, 1990, p. 99.

Basic Phrases to Anchor Your Thank-You Note

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Do Say:

Thank you so much
It’s what I’ve always wanted
How did you guess I wanted a [the gift]
I was just wishing for [name of gift]
I can’t wait to use it [specifics]
I am enjoying wearing, playing with,looking at, eating, listening to, reading [the gift]
We are having fun using [the gift]
You’ve made a big difference to me
I am so grateful to you
I was so pleased
We enjoyed the evening

Don’t Say:

Thank you for the gift [If you do not mention the gift specifically by name in the note, it implies that you have lost the gift or forgotten what they gave you.]
You Shouldn’t have
Thank you for dinner
I’m exchanging it
It’s the greatest thing I’ve ever received [Exaggeration reeks of insincerity.]

From: The Art of the Handwritten Note by Margaret Shepherd (p. 67-68).

Five Characteristics of a Good Thank-You Note

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Generous. Send a note even if you’ve already thanked the giver another way.
Specific. Mention the gift but thank them for the thought behind it.
Prompt. Send the note right away, but don’t let lateness stop you from writing at all.
Succinct. Keep it short by writing about any unrelated matters in a separate note.
Personal. Write it by hand. No form letters, printout, or greeting cards.

People will give you gifts throughout life that make you feel grateful. From a baby rattle to a retirement watch, the reasons for giving are the same; somebody thought of you and wanted to feel connected to you. They took the time, trouble, and expense to let you know that they care about you. Even if you have already thanked them in person or some other way, you must write that thank-you note and send it promply. This completes you connection with them that they began with their gift to you. William James said, “What people truly crave is appreciation,” and when they read your note they will feel truly appreciated.

This is from a wonderful little book, The Art of the Handwritten Note, A Guide to Reclaiming Civilized Communication by Margaret Shepherd.

Three New Designs

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We at London Bay Embossed Stationery are please to announce three new designs
in our Christian note cards. We’ve added the following symbols:

The Lamb–printed on the back of the card is “The Lamb of God”
The Cat–printed on the back of the card is “The Cat–One of God’s Creatures”
St. Mark’s–printed on the back of the card is simply “St. Mark’s”

The new designs are on our updated order forms. To view the forms with the new symbols or to print the forms simply go to the Purchase Cards page of this website and click on the appropriate order form (Retail, Wholesale or Bulk).


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The miraculous food or “bread from heaven”, symbolizing the Grace of God, which appeared each morning, six days a week, to feed the Israelites during their wanderings after their deliverance out of Egypt. One explanation for the name is that it derives from the Hebrew man hu meaning “what is it?” When the people of Israel saw it they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. And Moses said…”It is the bread which the Lord has given you to eat.” (Exodus 16:15). Jesus says,
“I am the living bread which came down from heaven.” (John 6:51). The Body of Christ is the new spiritual food for all men.

The above is from The Elements of Christian Symbolism by John Baldock

The Seven “I Am’s”

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Statements made by Jesus Christ that reveal his character and his work. All come
from the Gospel of John.
* I am the bread of life (6:35);
* I am the light of the world (8:12), often symbolized by a candle;
* I am the door (10:9)
* I am the good shepherd (10:11, 14), often symbolized by a shepherd’s staff or
a shepherd holding a lamb;
* I am the resurrection and the life (11:25);
* I am the way, the truth, and the life (14:6);
* I am the true vine (15:1, 5), often symbolized by a vine and branches. The vine
represents Christ and the branches his followers.

The above is from Worship Without Words by Patricia S. Klein

Cross Fleurie

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This form of cross features four equal length arms tipped with lily shaped end caps,
symbolizing the resurrection and the trinity.

Secret Signs of Early Christians

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“…the early Christians were a persecuted minority, and the overt use of images related to their beliefs would have attracted the unwelcome attentions of their enemies. The earliest symbols used by Christians were therefore more in the manner of secret signs. Clement of Alexandria sanctioned their use on signet rings; or they were employed as decoration on glassware, lamps and other practical objects which had themselves taken on a new connotation. Although many of them might nowadays be regarded more as signs than as symbols, even the simplest Christian sign was rich in symbolic significance because of its association with the mysteries of Christ and the Incarnation of the Word or Logos.

Among these earliest signs was the Chi Rho monogram…The initial letters of the Greek words ‘Alpha’ and ‘Omega’ were also used, as was the word ‘Icthus’, meaning ‘fish’. It was not long before the fish itself was portrayed, along with birds, animals, and other subjects whose symbolic significance was self-evident to Christians but obscure to the uninitiated. Simple representations of the dove, the phoenix, the peacock the lamb, loaves of bread, and the vine soon abounded, laying the foundation for the figurative and symbolic nature of Christian art.”

The above is from: The Elements of Christian Symbolism by John Baldock

Chi Rho

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The Chi Rho symbol is an ancient monogram of Christ. It is comprised of the letter “P” superimposed on an “X”. It’s derived from the first two letters of the Greek word Christos (XPICTOC) and forms an abbreviation for the name of Christ.

This monogram has been used by Christians for at least 1600 years. Constantine had the Chi Rho smbol placed on the shields of his soldiers and it has been used on countless altars, stoles, church pews, and candle stands, among many other items through the centuries.