Santa Claus, bless his magical heart, somehow makes it safely onto millions of icy roofs every Christmas. But us mortal humans are not so lucky. Every year, 15,000 Americans end up in the emergency room thanks to Christmas decorating accidents—a decidedly unhappy start to the holidays.

Over at the New Yorker, Ben Wellington of I Quant NY combed through the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) for tales of holiday woe. The 15,000 injuries tend to pick up after Thanksgiving, which marks the traditional beginning of holiday (injury) season. There's another peak at New Year's, presumably when people attempt to take down their decorations.


According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which maintains the NEISS database, about one-third of the injuries are from falls while stringing up lights. Cuts, back strains, and burns make up the majority of the rest. There's a price to pay for being so merry.

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