The Hazards of Decorating for Christmas

This article goes on to talk about all of the people who have been injured while decorating for the holidays. For those of you who buy into the idea of an actual War on Christmas, these are the people who celebrate their Christian holiday and get hurt in the process, thereby earning a Purple Heart of sorts.

In 2012, the Commission notes, "there were 15,000 injuries involving holiday decorating seen in emergency departments nationwide during November and December." (This works out to around 250 injuries a day during the holiday season.) In 2011, the Commission reported on 2010's number: "More than 13,000 people were treated in emergency departments nationwide due to injuries involving holiday decorations."

In 2008 and 2009, the number was 12,000.

Indeed, the CPSC's most recent holiday-injury stat represents "the fourth consecutive year these estimates have increased," the Commission notes. "In each year since 2009, there have been an estimated 12,000 or more emergency department visits."

The fact that we even have a U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission speaks volumes about where we are at as a country because there are many Americans who don't think we should even monitor or measure such things. 

To get hurt in the service of a higher ideal--decorating for the holidays--is to be injured chasing something artistic and noble. On Saturday night, we drove through the most affluent area of Howard County, Maryland--ostensibly the third richest county in America--and there were barely any Christmas lights anywhere. What few there were consisted of a strand or two of lights draped over a low hedge and not much more. Whole stretches of road, lined with million dollar homes, were as black as night during the dinner hour. Nobody here has the Christmas spirit or the inclination to decorate. Amazing.

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