There’s nothing better than having the family all together, right? In fact, you’re feeling so warm and fuzzy that you’d like to raise your glass and say something…anything…wait, why is Cousin Ed staring at you, and why did you drink so much eggnog in the past half hour?

Here, a quick refresher on how to raise your glass, give a toast and get on with your life.

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DO STAND UP

Especially if there are more than a few people in the room. Let them see your beautiful face! Plus, as much fun as it is to tap your Champagne glass with a knife, standing up is actually the best way to the signal that it’s time to listen up.

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DON’T STEAL THE HOSTESS’S THUNDER

As the person who assembled the beautiful party/meal/200 person gala, she's got first dibs on raising a glass. If she'd rather not, the floor is yours--just be sure to clear it with her first.

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DO IDENTIFY YOURSELF

Your sister’s husband’s brother might not remember your name. Help the guy out by starting your toast with a brief introduction.

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DON’T DRINK IF THE TOAST IS ABOUT YOU

It’s almost like you’re slow-clapping yourself.

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DO TOP YOURSELF (AND EVERYONE ELSE) OFF

An empty glass is an awkward glass. If you’re not drinking, toast with diet coke (superstition says that toasting with water is bad luck).

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DON’T DRINK TOO MUCH BEFORE GETTING UP THERE

It’s all fun and games until you accidentally out your brother-in-law.

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DO KEEP IT LIGHT

Sharing a funny story is good. Talking about the refugee crisis is not.

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DON’T CLINK OR DEMAND EYE CONTACT

The French say you should clink while making eye contact…or else. But depending on how many people are around the table, it’s perfectly reasonable to simply raise your glass to eye level, say “Cheers!” then take a sip.

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DO KEEP IT SHORT AND SWEET

It’s a toast, not a speech. People will start losing interest after, oh, 90 seconds.

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DON’T OVERTHINK IT

It’s a family gathering--not the Oscars.

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