Presents Prose Politesse was established 5 years ago today, in 2012. And while I’ve not posted anywhere near consistently (mostly taking a long on-off sabbatical from blogging to have three children), gift giving and sending cards have remained my passion. I believe in the premise that giving is the key to a fulfilling life.
Throughout this time I’ve still been spending inordinate amounts of time seeking out the perfect presents, carefully selecting the right words to share, and developing my own brand of etiquette around giving. As you follow along you’ll come to realize that I like to do things ‘properly’ (one should always be gracious), but with a modern twist. – I take pleasure in sending written thank you notes, but I also love to be imaginative and embrace the new opportunities that the digital era offers. I believe there really is no one right way anymore. But this only makes navigating ‘correct’ manners more difficult. Whereas before you could mail a handwritten thank you card and know that you were fulfilling expectations and sharing your gratitude in the only acceptable format, nowadays you’re afflicted with indecision as to whether a formal note is over-the-top for that small token or if an e-card is just too casual.
As I continue to take pleasure in what amounts to not just a hobby but a way of life, I plan to share those ideas for gifts and to offer suggestions for the words that sometimes allude us. Along the way I will continue to evolve my own brand of politesse. I hope you will join me here and that I inspire you in your giving.