No one really knows how the traditions of toasting and the clinking of glasses actually began-or for that matter how the word toast came to refer to raising a glass in celebration or tribute. However, there are a few theories. The term toast most likely comes from the ancient Romans, who had the habit of putting burnt bread into their wine. Some believe this was to soften the bread, while others say it was to remove the contaminants from impure wine-thus leading to the custom of drinking to one another's health. The ancient Greeks would settle their issues with one another, by dribbling a little poison in the punch. Offering a toast to good health while raising glasses was considered a gesture of good faith, not to mention there was less chance to be poisoned if all diners were obliged to sip from their own glasses at the same time. Another thought is that clinking of glasses acted as a deterrent: a victims tainted glasses contents could spill over into the glass of the posioner.

Some Thoughts and Considerations

Toasts are intended as tributes and, as such are a means of celebration.

A toast need not be of epic proportion. Usually a few well thought out words are more effective as a gracious tribute.

When making a toast make it to the person, not to the table at large.

Toasts are intended for celebratory occasions, they require at least moderately formal glassware. Never toast with anything but a glass.

If asked to deliver a toast at Breakfast, or anytime before noon, graciously decline.

Always stand to deliver a toast never remain seated, raise your glass to the person who will receive the tribute, and wait for the other guests at the table to lift their glasses before you begin the toast. When you have finished you may wish to share in the clinking of glasses by touching your glass to that of another, once the activity has subsided take a sip from your glass.

Always remember, even in the most celebratory of circumstances a toast merely underscores the reason for the celebration and is not the celebration itself.

The Toasts

"Merry Wives of Windsor"
Heaven give you many, many merry days!
William Shakespeare

To our friends who have become family, and our family who have become friends. May you be blessed with the same love and care you have given us.
M.M. Daniels

May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night, and the road down hill all the way to your home.

I heard someone say: Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift, and this is why this moment is called the present.
S.J. Erickson

Dance as if no one were watching, Sing as if no one were listening, And live everyday as if it were your last.

If faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen, I have the courage to believe today because I have seen you live, dream, work, play, and love with out limit.
M. Hannan

Lift your glasses high to honor mothers, everyone's first love, who always believe we can improve, who love us deeply enough to let us go, who end every visit with I love you, who never give up hoping for our happiness. To our mothers-and their love.
S.C. Cole

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