New Year’s Eve, along with weddings and most formal gatherings, is a time for toasts. Elegant words strung together, expressing out highest thoughts and fondest wishes. Usually the words are for another, occasionally for all present. I cannot recall ever having heard a toast for only the one speaking. I hope I never do; it would take the purpose out of the toast!
I wonder how toasts will change in the future. Will they become, on the whole, more humorous or witty? Will they be led by as many women as men? Will they be dominated by a particular refrain? Is their time past; in the future will we see less rather than more of these simple yet potential memorable moments?