The same thing happens every year. The wine has been poured, the sides have been carefully arranged and the turkey has been carved. Friends and family are all seated, waiting patiently to get their feast on. But you can’t just start chowing down. As the host, you need to say something. Something special, meaningful and poignant. But you? You got nothin’.
Need a little inspiration? Here are five classic Thanksgiving toasts to start of the meal from silly to sentimental:
“For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, For love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Reflect on your present blessings, Of which every man has many, Not on your past misfortunes, Of which all men have some.” – Charles Dickens
“May your stuffing be tasty. May your turkey plump. May your potatoes and gravy. Have nary a lump. May your yams be delicious. And your pies take the prize. . And may your Thanksgiving dinner . Stay off your thighs.” – Author Unknown
“Blessed are those that can give without remembering and receive without forgetting.”—Unknown
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”
And my personal favorite, have everyone go around the table and say what they are thankful for.
Do you have a toast that you’d like to share?
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