Christmas is one of the most festive times of the year because it brings families together all over the world. Starting as early as November, people begin decorating their homes for Christmas to start spreading the holiday joy. Spreading holiday joy can be stressful though, because it requires lots of planning, preparation, and decorating. All of these tasks sound rather simple, but when your house is packed with family visiting, Christmas can be one of the most dangerous times of the year.
Kissing under the mistletoe is surprisingly dangerous because several varieties of the plant contains phoratoxin, a potentially dangerous poison which can cause blurred vision, nausea, abdominal pain, and even death. Christmas trees are also surprisingly dangerous. Before any of the actual celebrations begin, families decorate their Christmas trees with plenty of colorful lights and ornaments, which may look pretty but is actually quite dangerous. From 2011-2015, the U.S. fire department responded to an annual average of 200 home fires that started from Christmas trees. Although not the most common type of fire, Christmas tree fires are much more likely to be deathly than most other fires, making Christmas trees and Christmas more dangerous than marijuana.