When preparing a meal for family and friends, be sure to wash your hands, utensils, sink and anything that has come into contact with raw meats. Make sure meats and other proteins are cooked to the right internal temperature, use a clean thermometer to check. The holiday season is one of the most stressful times of the year. You can’t avoid stress completely, but you can give yourself some relief. Allow enough time to shop for gifts and meal items rather than hurry through stores and parking lots. Only plan to do a reasonable number of errands. If you are serving alcohol, be sure guests have a designated driver, encourage sober rather than impaired driving this holiday season.