“I got the card. It’s really nice and meaningful for me. I will keep it forever. Thanks for your kind wish.”
It is reactions like these that encourage me to keep sending “snail mails” (a card, in this particular situation). I was never close to this former colleague, but the occasion called for something that will help him get through the holiday season.
Looking for the right card and choosing the right words took time, but all the steps that were taken to send that hand-written message to him was clearly worth it.