Editor's note: Barry Courter has a 24-year-old son who is a college graduate and a 20-year-old daughter who is a sophomore in college.
Q: Dad, Santa was awfully good to me this year? Can I thank him, and maybe an elf or two, in an email?
A: No. Take a few minutes and write an old-fashioned thank-you note and either hand deliver it or mail it to the person. It's the right thing to do. This is advice I should follow as well. At the very least, pick up the phone and thank the person that way.
Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...