When hosting any event that involves inviting guests and receiving gifts, it is inevitable that thank you cards will follow – and a baptism is no different.
Who Should Receive a Baptism Thank You Card
Everyone who attends your baptism gathering needs to receive a thank you card. It is important to acknowledge the presence of family and friends with more than just a verbal thank you. You also cannot reason away the great-aunt and neighbor who failed to arrive with a gift. Their presence is enough to warrant a thank you for their support and attendance.
Purpose of a Thank You Card
Today, people are busy, so when someone takes time from her schedule to attend your child’s baptism celebration, it is important to acknowledge their presence with a written note of thanks. Often, your friends and family will present your child with a gift, which also deserves a thank you card. If you don’t reciprocate and take time out of your schedule to thank guests for their kindness and generosity, you might run into some hurt feelings.
Simple Etiquette Tips for Baptism Appreciation
Regardless of how tech-savvy our society is, it is not acceptable to send an electronic thank you card, whether in the form of a text message, an email or an e-card. Even if all of your guests seem to be addicted to their cell phones, they will probably not appreciate a hastily typed thank you text message or email, even if you include a smiley face.
It is also important to get your thank you cards mailed in a timely fashion. This gives you a two week time frame to avoid seeming ungrateful by waiting any longer. Receiving a hastily written note a month later could cause your friend to feel her gift and presence were unimportant. If you are afraid you won’t remember who gave your baby which present, write down all gifts and corresponding givers as you open them in a notebook. That way, when it’s time to write your thank you notes, you have a reference and won’t leave anyone out.
Finally, avoid combining thank you notes. If a close friend or relative gives you a baby gift then shows up to the baptism with another gift, resist the urge to combine your gratitude into one card. Your friend took the time to buy separate gifts for separate occasions (probably a shower gift then a baptism gift), so she should receive separate notes thanking her.
Every thank you card should thank the person for coming to the baptism and specifically mention the gift you received. Once you begin, each card should take about five minutes without sounding formulaic.
Consider using the following example as a guide: Dear [Name]. Thank you for the beautiful Bible, as well as for attending little Jason’s baptism. He will really enjoy reading it as he grows older. Your thoughtfulness (or generosity) is truly appreciated.
You may end the note using sincerely, best wishes, love, or whatever sentiment is appropriate for the person to whom you are writing.
Often, you can order thank you notes that correspond with the baptism invitation or birth announcement. This helps to remind guests of the event and show them that they are important enough to receive a hand-written note of thanks.