christening the cabin…

27 years ago, while living in Zimbabwe, my dad took the old French tradition of Sabrage and altered it by using a large Ethiopian Danakil knife to open a bottle of champagne, rather than a saber.  It has become a family tradition ever since, although, since we don’t all own Danakil knives, we have found that a machete works just as well!  We never miss an opportunity to carry on the tradition, so in true form, we all drove down to the cabin the day after Thanksgiving to give our new place a true Richardson style christening! My brother Jason generally gets the honor of opening the bottle when we’re all together, mostly because he’s had the most practice. 😉

“There are many stories about this tradition. One of the more spirited tales is that of Madame Cliquot, who had inherited her husband’s small Champagne house at the age of 27. She used to entertain Napoleon’s officers in her vineyard, and as they rode off in the early morning with their complimentary bottle of Champagne, they would open it with their sabre to impress the rich young widow.” (

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