A final word to dampen spirits before Christmas, from our old friends at The Sun. They are fulfilling their Christmas duties by warning us of the perils of the festive season. And you all thought it was a time to relax! So here are some of the “hidden dangers” awaiting you, according to the paper:
• Don’t overindulge with the Christmas dinner. There are three days worth of calories in the typical Christmas meal.
• Prevent potentially lethal hypothermia. Don’t be fooled by that warm feeling inside after a few too many down the pub. Make sure you wrap up warm for the cold walk home.
• Go easy on the sherry trifle, liqueurs and brandy butter. Eating alcoholic food on top of a Christmas tipple can put you over the legal driving limit.
• Make sure all children’s gifts from relatives and friends are vetted by parents in advance to prevent accidents.
• If you are away over the festive period, keep any tell-tale signs to a minimum your Christmas shopping isn’t intended for someone you’ve never met; i.e. a burglar.
• Avoid washing that turkey before cooking it as this just spreads bacteria around the kitchen. More than 10 million turkeys are sold in the UK each Christmas and surveys show that nine million of these are washed before being bunged in the oven.
WOW London suggests staying in bed until Monday to be absolutely sure that no harm comes your way. Have the family deliver turkey and alcohol to your room.
Seasons greetings all!
– Barry Shaverin