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.