Sicks pets, tree mishaps, and noise pollution: Be careful and be prepared this holiday season!
If Chevy Chase taught us one thing in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, it's that the holiday season is fraught with unexpected danger! From cutting down the tree to carving the turkey, there are hundreds of things that could go wrong. Think that holly in the wreath on your door is harmless? Think again!
7 Ways the Holidays Can Go Horribly Wrong
Christmas Trees Cat-astrophe!
There's nothing like the fresh scent of a Christmas tree to get you into the holiday spirit, but if someone suggested you put a giant flammable object in your house and then wind dollar-store lights around it, you'd probably say "pass." And if you've got a cat, it's basically an accident waiting to happen, as this YouTube video clearly shows.
Decorating the House
Every year, thousands of Americans risk breaking their necks to compete in the annual "Whose House Has the Most Lights On It" seasonal rivalry. Slippery roofs in the middle of winter with millions of cables of electricity — what could possibly go wrong?
Don't Deck the Hall With Boughs of Holly!
Although seasonal plants are a common decoration, many of our favorite plants are actually poisonous to humans and pets. Mistletoe and Poinsettia are both on the "Do Not Eat" list, but the worst offender is the humble holly plant. Holly contains a poison called theobromine. While children can eat one or two berries without side effects, too many, like twenty berries, can be fatal!
Terror Toys Threaten Adults' Mental Health
Organizations like World Against Toys Causing Harm (W.A.T.C.H.) might be concerned with toys that pose potential threats to the children who use them. But we'd like to give a shout-out to the mental health of any adult who has had to endure a whistle, drum set, Woody Woodpecker doll, or similar device for an entire day or season.
Your Favorite Food is Fido's Kryponite
Although your four-legged friend might feel like part of the family, letting him join in dinner could pose serious health risks. Common seasonal foods like chocolate, macadamia nuts, onions, garlic, sage, mushrooms, and nutmeg can wreak havoc on your pet's digestive system and even lead to death. Turkey skin is one of the worst culprits and can lead to serious long-term illnesses like pancreatitis. Read more here.
Santa's Gift to All — Achoo!
If someone asked you to take your kids down to touch a germ-ridden object that is sneezed and coughed on by thousands of children during the middle of flu season, you'd say, "Not on your Nelly." But for some reason, if that germ-riddled object is a man in a Santa suit, parents line their kids up around the block.
Deep Frying a Turkey
According to the National Fire Protection Association, "deep-fryer fires are responsible for five deaths, 60 injuries, the destruction of 900 homes, and more than $15 million in property damage" every year. The cause of all this destruction? Putting frozen turkeys into boiling vats of oil. Thankfully, William Shatner comes to America's rescue with this catchy ditty on how to stay safe.
With so many potential Holiday disasters on the horizon (we didn't even mention the stress of having to spend the day with your family!), it makes us wonder why we even bother. Oh yeah, the presents! Reader, have you got any Holiday horror stories (videos welcome)? Share them in the comments below.
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