It is said that during the Napoleonic wars, the men would come home to the townspeople offering copious amounts of champagne. Because they couldn't both ride the horse, unwrap the foil of the champagne bottle and open it, they would use their sabres to whack the corks right out of the bottles. This tradition was passed down to all of us, for far less celebratory reasons, such as simply making it through another year.
Today, in following a tradition started hundreds of years before I sabered champagne.
Champagne for my real friends, real pain for my sham friends. Happy New Years!