It is a gift when you are able to stand and deliver warm, heartfelt words at a gathering of friends of and family. To speak in a manner that makes makes those around you, smile, press against their spouses, hug their kids, and laugh. Maybe you will even bring out a happy tear or two.
As you prepare for your holiday, whether it is at home or elsewhere, take time to reflect on your family and friends, and why you love them. Look around for all the wonderful blessings around you. Think about the holiday and put those thoughts into a short outline.
- Keep it to three points or less
- Practice saying it
- Speak slowly and look around the room as you talk allowing your gaze to meet the eyes of each person at your table
- Keep it light, keep it positive, and focus on the beauty and abundance around you
- Moderate your drinking prior to the toast
You will amaze your family and friends with a heartfelt toast that will be remembered for a long time.
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