Mishaps to be aware of this Festive Season

11 Dec Mishaps to be aware of this Festive Season

‘Tis the season for joy, laughter, and, unfortunately, the occasional mishap. As we dive headfirst into the holiday hustle, let’s take a moment to acknowledge the real-life risks that come with the festivities. From twinkling lights to tantalizing treats, here’s a realistic look at the potential pitfalls of the holiday season.

The Battle of the Christmas Decorations:

Stringing lights and untangling garlands can quickly escalate into a full-blown war zone. A toppled ladder or a misplaced step on an extension cord could lead to bruises, strains, or worst-case scenario, a face full of tinsel.

Backyard Cricket Bloopers:

Nothing says Aussie Christmas like a game of backyard cricket. But beware of the rogue cricket ball that has taken on a life of its own. Shoulders, hands, wrists or fingers might be in the firing line as well. Consider a wide boundary to avoid boundary grief.

Flip-Flop Follies:

Thongs (flip-flops for you non-Aussies) are the unofficial uniform of an Aussie Summer. However, navigating the backyard, the beach or even the local shops in these iconic footwear can lead to stubbed toes, twisted ankles, and the occasional thong blowout – unless you purchased some Archies! These super comfy arch support thongs have a one piece construction so are guaranteed not to blow out!

The Slip ‘n Slide Saga:

With scorching temperatures, water play becomes a necessity. Enter the slip ‘n slide – a Summer classic. However, the combination of water, speed and laughter can lead to some slippery situations with all sorts of injuries. Factor in the possibility of grass stains, and you’ve got yourself a slip ‘n slide saga.

The Grand Traffic Tango:

Navigating the roads to visit relatives is a logistical challenge. It’s a grand traffic tango where road rage meets the Christmas spirit. Prepare for sudden stops, unexpected detours, and the classic “are we there yet?” chorus from the backseat. It is a marathon, not a sprint. Beware of whiplash type injuries and back pain from long periods of driving.

Footy Faceoff:

For some, Christmas Day doubles as a time for an impromptu game of footy in the backyard. The mix of competitiveness, questionable tackles, and a few too many festive beverages can result in sprained ankles, bruised shins, and a fair share of family feuds. Consider a pre-game stretch, and maybe enforce a “no tackles on Grandma” rule.

Cracker Chaos: Pulling Muscles, Not Jokes:

The classic Christmas cracker tradition is a minefield of unexpected challenges. The sudden yank to claim the coveted toy can lead to strained wrists, pulled muscles and the occasional unintentional game of tug-of-war. Approach the cracker pull with caution, and maybe consider some pre-cracker stretching to avoid a festive physio visit.

As you celebrate the holiday season, embrace the sun, surf and uniquely Aussie mishaps. May your Christmas be filled with laughter, good company and a healthy dose of caution to avoid these holiday hazards. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Jessica Bank