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The Clinking of Wine Glasses: Bringing Good Luck

As with several of our food traditions, the clinking of glasses traces its root to the health and safety of the drinker. In this case, it goes back to the propensity of nobles to kill each other off by poisoning their food!

Wine was commonly consumed during medieval days because it was one of the few safe liquids available. Water was often polluted, and milk was both useful for other things and thought to be for children only. As the wine was often full of sediment, a poison was easily introduced into it.

To prove that his wine was safe, the host would pour a bit of his guest's wine into his own glass and drink it first, to prove it was safe. If the guest trusted his host, however, he would merely clink his flagon against that of his host's when his host offered his cup for the sample. The 'clink' (or perhaps 'clunk' back then, since wood or metal were the more common drinking vessels) was a sign of trust and honesty.

Later, as metal and glass became more common, the chiming noise also brought a festive feel to events, and brought to mind the 'safe' feeling of softly ringing church bells.


May you have warm words on a cold evening,
A full moon on a dark night,
And the road downhill all the way to your door.

Never lie, steal, cheat or drink,
Unless you lie in the arms of someone you love,
Steal time away from someone who does not know how to use it,
Cheat death,
Or drink with me for I am your friend.

Here's to the four hinges of society.
May you fight, steal, lie and drink.
When you fight, may you fight for your country.
When you steal, may you steal away from bad company.
When you lie, may you lie at the side of your sweetheart.
And when you drink, may you drink with me.

Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow.
Don't walk behind me, I may not lead.
Walk beside me, and just be my friend. (Irish)

Friendship's the wine of life,
Let's drink of it and to it.

Here's to a friend. He knows you well and likes you just the same.

Here's to cold nights, warm friends, and a good drink to give them.

Here's to our friendship;
May it be reckoned
Long as a lifetime,
Close as a second.

Old friends are scarce,
New friends are few;
Here's hoping I've found
One of each in you.

Pour deep the rosy wine and drink a toast with me;
Here's to three: Thee, wine and camaraderie!

The Lord gives us our relatives,
Thank God we can choose our friends.

To friends: As long as we are able
To lift our glasses from the table.

May you have the hindsight to know where you've been, the foresight to know where you are going, and the insight to know when you've gone too far.

As you slide down the banister of life
May the splinters never face the wrong way.

Don't worry about the future,
The present is all thou hast,
The future will soon be present,
And the present will soon be past.

May you always work like you don't need the money;
May you always love like you've never been hurt; and may you always dance like there's nobody watching.
(Jack Canfield)

Make new friends, but keep the old;
These are silver, those are gold.
New-made friends, like new wine,
Age will mellow and refine.
Brow may furrow, hair turn gray,
But friendship never knows decay.
(Art Linkletter)

May our house always be too small to hold all of our friends.

May good fortune precede you, may love walk with you, may good friends follow you.

May you get all your wishes but one so you will always have something to strive for.

May your glasses ever be full.
May the roof over your head be always strong.
And may you be in heaven half an hour
before the devil knows you're dead.

Always remember to forget
The things that make you sad.
But never forget to remember
The things that made you glad.

Always remember to forget
The friends that proved untrue.
But never forget to remember
Those who have stuck by you.

Always remember to forget
The troubles that passed away.
But never forget to remember
The blessings that came each day.

May the blessings of each day
Bet the blessing you need most.

May your troubles be less
And your blessings be more.
And nothing but happiness
Come through your door.

May you be poor in misfortune,
Rich in blessings,
Slow to make enemies,
And quick to make friends.
But rich or poor, quick or slow,
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.

Who is a friend but someone to toast,
Someone to gibe, someone to roast.
My friends are the best friends
Loyal, willing and able.
Now let's get to drinking!
Glasses off the table!

May your neighbors respect you,
Trouble neglect you,
The angels protect you
And heaven accept you.

Here's hoping you live forever, and mine is the last voice you hear.

Champagne Toasts

Here's to champagne, the drink divine,
That makes us forget our troubles;
It's made of a dollar's worth of wine
And three dollars worth of bubbles.

A jolly good smoke, a nicely turned joke,
A handful of trumps when you play;
A drop of old wine, champagne that's fine,
And a run of good luck from today.

Christmas Toasts

A Christmas wish -
May you never forget
what is worth remembering
or remember
what is best forgotten.

Here's to the holly with its bright red berry.
Here's to Christmas, let's make it merry.

Here's to all of us,
Good bless us everyone!
(Tiny Tim's toast from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol)

Wishing you more happiness
Than all my words can tell,
Not just alone for Christmas
But for all the year as well.

Holly and ivy hanging up
And something wet in every cup.

May you live as long as you wish, and have all you wish for as long as you live. This is my Christmas wish for you.

Then let us be merry and taste the good cheer,
And remember that Christmas comes but once a year.

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.