Holiday Toasts!

Tis holiday toasting (not roasting) season!

Having gotten through wedding season with two great friends getting married this past July, I’ve researched and learned a little bit about this art.  I think some of the best advice I have found is to keep your toasts short and heartfelt.  If you are obligated to toast somebody that you don’t get along with, keep it simple:

  • Merry Christmas!
  • Happy Holidays!

You get the drift…

Here’s some additional tips I found to help you prepare for the upcoming holiday parties and family gatherings:

  • Speak slowly and clearly and keep what you say brief and heartfelt.
  • The speech should be four or five sentences, lasting less than a minute.
  • Make sure that your tone and content are appropriate for your audience.
  • This is an opportunity to say kind words. (Again, this is not a roast!)
  • End your toast by inviting everybody to toast the host.

Video:

Excellent video on how to give a toast at a special celebration with Town & Country magazine’s editor-in-chief Pamela Fiori.
Wording samples for holiday party toasts:
  • Heartfelt And Memorable Holiday Toasts – Ellen Dunnigan
    1. Here’s to all of us, God bless us everyone! (Tiny Tim’s toast from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol)
    2. Wishing you more happiness than all my words can tell, not just for the holidays, but for all the year as well.
    3. May peace and plenty be the first to lift the latch on your door, and happiness be guided to your home by the candle of Christmas.
    4. To us and our success as a group this past year, and to you and your families for health, peace, and more wonderful times in the coming year.

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One response to “Holiday Toasts!

  1. Pingback: Toasting Season! | Summit Toastmasters 7064

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