My mother taught me how to write thank you notes when I was very young, in response to far-away relatives who sent me gifts at Christmas. It has become such a habit that the Christmas season is just not complete until the notes are done.
In keeping with my decision to make all of my own cards, I created my thank you notes from scraps of Christmas paper left over from holiday card making and a few pieces from cards that I received and saved over the course of the year.
Most of these will go to my students who gave me a wide variety of beautiful gifts this Christmas (I truly am a spoiled teacher!).