But around about now one starts to see headlines like the one below:
Dangerous decorations, fairy light injuries and death by snow: Why Christmas is the most perilous time of the year• One in five risks food poisoning from turkey leftovers
• Falling snow and ice kills 25 people a year
• Of the 350 reported fairy light injuries, most occurred whilst decorating
By SARA MALM
PUBLISHED: 04:48 GMT, 19 December 2012 | UPDATED: 07:31 GMT, 19 December 2012
And warnings about the dangers, not of Christmas itself, but associated with it. And fair enough. Christmas is one of those celebratory times of year when we do things we would not otherwise do, which, by definition suggests these are marginal activities for us; like drinking too much, eating too much, trying to do more than we should in a given period of time aka ‘rushing’, trying too hard to impress or please family and friends. In Australia, where I usually celebrate Christmas, it is common for tourists to drown in the surf, unused as they are to the wonders and whiles of the sea.
So my message to you this Christmas is to ‘chill’ and enjoy without going ‘extreme’.
Don’t drink too much, don’t eat too much,don’t drive, definitely don’t drink AND drive, don’t go swimming, definitely don’t go swimming after eating/drinking too much, don’t stress out about right present/wrong present/ decorations/ the guest in the corner you don’t recognise (but check to see if he/she does belong to someone in the room you do know, don’t give dangerous presents (to children)……..just ‘chill’ and enjoy.
So from all of us here in the ISQua office, to all our you, who visit our website, wherever you are in the world.