I recently received a package of cigars as a gift because I am a new father. I know there are traditions with cigars, and was wondering if there is a traditional response to receiving cigars. I do plan on bringing them to the baptism and offering them to all who are there, my father-in-law who gave them to me will be there and thought that would be a great idea.
You're a bit late with the distribution, at least according to informal American tradition, but unless the stogies are dried out White Owls, better late than never.
Just be sure the ladies retire (or if need be, the gentlemen retire to a smoking venue) for the late Victorian/Edwardian separation of genteel and gentlemanly celebration.
Church is not the place to pass out any kind of smoke products or drinks. A Cigar is truly a wonderful and fine gift to pass around after Lunch or dinner. Note: First is always selection and that in and of itself, can be a real undertaking. Once the box is opened never pick or pinch one from the box. Look for the top cigar with a turned up plastic and remove the first cigar using the plastic tab in the turned up position. Next note the condition of the cigar, the cigar should feel about the same as pressing your finger and thumb together noting the soft touch. If the cigar is hard it has dried out and should be placed back into a humidor at 70% humidity temp. Never over cut the cap, first time cutters, lay the cutter flat on a table and place the cigar into the cutter to be cut noting how much is removed. The footer of the cigar is the part you light. Using a match strike and let the sulphur burn away before toasting the footer. Never draw or touch the flame or the light as you may taste the gas or sulphur odor. Never smoke a cigar, place it into your mouth noting the taste of the Tabaco. Never rush it, enjoy it.
Never smoke a cigar
Church is not the place to pass out any kind of smoke products
Why not? I'm a pretty conservative Baptist, and I can't imagine why anyone would be offended by a guy handing out a couple of cigars in church. Ideally, you shouldn't interrupt a prayer with it ... but cigars aren't a sin.
but cigars aren't a sin.
I think it depends on what church. Don't Methodists and Mormons prohibit tobacco?
Mormons might. I don't think Methodists do, though. Wife's family are Methodists. Baptists are usually parodied as the stodgy ones. We were the villains in Footloose.
Most mainstream Christian churches aren't going to have a fit about cigars.
I think that probably falls in line with the advice that you would get from about 98% of the population. They say it is not good for you and you shouldn't do it and then go on to say it is not a doctrinal issue so it is not prohibited. My last Lutheran pastor smoked my current one does not and they would probably both tell me the same thing.
I would have assumed the OP has enough sense to not pass out the stogies until they'd left the sanctuary...that said, TMI, good sir, TMI. The cigar afficiando routine, like the interplay with the wine steward is for the good stuff. Now if the OP is talking about passing out a bunch of cellophane-wrapped "It's a Boy! or It's a Girl!" cheroots...
Yeah, I wasn't going to pass them out at the Church. Rather, at the dinner afterwords. But, my question, and I can see now it wasn't very clear was: Since the cigars were given to me do I give something besides a cigar to the gifter? Sort of like if somebody give someone else a knife tradition dictates that the receiver give the gifter a coin.
No, you have given him the best gift of all a new Grad son or daughter. Here is a link below for some 101 Cigar tips. I do not work or own a cigar shop, I just enjoy them from time to time with or without friends.
P.S. I did get hit by a few, who did not seem to understand your question about "eticuette" another tip, is once you open the box you can take the thin sheets of cider wood and cut them into 1/2 strips and use them to light the footer of your cigars. Cigar Aficionado has a lot of short video clips at the bottom of there webs main home page called 101. One other thing, on the subject of "smoking a Cigar" you let the air pass slowly through the tabaco. If and when you start to feel sick, stop no matter what or you will make yourself sicker. Try to never inhale the smoke into your loungs at times you will and that is OK. Try to enjoy the tabaco. Cigars have a wonderful rick history all the way back to Clumbus in 1492. Enjoy