Due to the EU safety rules that have just entered into force, children are to be banned from taking part in tradition Christmas games, from blowing up balloons to blowing on party whistles.
According the EU toy safety directive, balloons must not be blown up by unsupervised children under the age of eight, in case they accidentally swallow them and choke.
Party games including whistles and magnetic fishing games are to be banned because their small parts or chemicals used in making them are decreed to be too risky.
Apparently harmless toys that children have enjoyed for many years are now regarded by EU regulator as posing an unacceptable safety risks.
Whistle blowers, that scroll out into a long coloured paper tongue when sounded, a party favourite at family Christmas meals are now classed as unsafe for all children under the age of 14 years.
The new rules are designed to protect children from the chance that a piece of the whistle could be swallowed and cause choking.