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Dear Lola,

Now that Christmas is over, I have a question about etiquette. An older relative chastised my generation for not writing thank you cards for each of the gifts we received at the holidays. I know that a thank you note is typical when you receive a gift, but surely these relatives understand that there are many gifts given at the holidays and it’s hard to track each and every one of them. I also am expected to watch what each of my children opens on Christmas day and keep a list in order to write these notes later. I say that is absurd! A telephone thank you is more than sufficient. 

What do you think?

Sincerely,
Cheer Turned Chore

Advice for humans. They need all the help they can get.

Dear Cheer Turned Chore,

Sometimes I wonder how humans have survived this long with so many rules governing their every behavior. Canines have one rule for interacting with each other – sniff the butt end to determine if you’ve previously met. Once you’ve done that, you can interact in any manner that doesn’t lead to one of you needing a doctor.

It’s ironic that niceties cause humans such angst.

Normally I would advise you to carry on with thanking people in the way that you prefer to thank them. After all, the important thing is that you actually thanked the person. However, in this particular case, I think you need to cave and write a note or two.

Stay calm, I’ll clarify that statement for you in a moment.

Write a thank you note to the relatives that it means so much to. In case that was too subtle, I’m talking about the old people in your life. The young people don’t actually care how you say thank you, though 98% of them prefer a text message. Especially if you add a funny GIF that accurately conveys how much they mean to you.

I love any GIF with canines running with their butts wriggling all over.

You didn’t mention how old your Miniature Humans were, but if they are old enough to grasp a crayon then they should be contributing to the thank you cards. It’s never too early to teach them that society will collapse if they don’t correctly respond to every social situation for the rest of their life.

♥Lola♥

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