Ensure a Stress-Free Season

Remember, the main goals for any holiday gathering are to get as much done beforehand, do what makes you happy and make lasting memories.




  • Feather your guests’ nest with little touches to make their stay feel like home.

  • Decorate your holiday table with creative expressions of the season. Easy-to-fill vessels are a great investment for filling with different things all year long.

  • When it comes time to tidy, reward yourself with music, a yummy snack and keep a few things out to remind you of the joys of the season.




  • If you’re traveling, pack light! Re-visit my Packing List Guide to help you get through the holidays in style.

  • Stop and think before you buy! Your gift recipients will notice when you’ve put thought into each gift and you’ll feel great about making meaningful purchases.

  • Use the stuff you love to help you build traditions: a favorite candle scent, a special set of placemats, a cluster of warm, glowing lights.




  • Take advantage of time now to get food cooked or prepped for later! Use the Holiday Dinner Game Planner to help you see the big picture.

  • There’s still time to make homemade gifts – granola, condiments, sauces and vinaigrettes are great choices.

  • Share the load and make it fun. Let your guests bring some of the meal, get your kids into the kitchen, organize a cookie swap – but whatever you do, don’t let the craziness of the season overshadow the pleasure of spending time with family and friends.
Ensure a Stress-Free Season


JOY BAUER MS, RD, CDN is the nutrition and health expert for The TODAY Show, providing reliable, practical, and straightforward advice that helps millions of Americans eat better and lead healthier, more fulfilling lives. Joy is the exclusive nutritionist for the New York City Ballet and the author of multiple New York Times bestselling books. Her recent releases include, The Joy Fit Club: Cookbook, Diet Plan & Inspiration, Slim & Scrumptious and Your Inner Skinny, and the #1 New York Times bestseller Joy Bauer’s Food Cures: Completely Revised & Updated. Learn more about Joy here.

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