Since your baby arrived you have come to see that everything is different. Things feel different. Doing anything takes more time. The way you look at the world is different. A baby truly does change everything!!
My suggestion for your first holiday season as a mommy is enjoy every minute of it! Plan ahead so you are able to do so. Looking at the activities and projects you want to accomplish ahead of time will help things go much more smoothly. Take a little time now to decide what is really important for you and your family in the next few months. You may want to do less than you are accustomed to in order to really enjoy your time with family and friends. Do not hesitate to ask for help from those close to you. Anyone who has children understands you are still figuring out your new life!
Think carefully about how many places you really need to go on the actual holiday. Many families plan several smaller celebrations rather than a huge shindig. Your little one will be the center attention. Talk with your family about how this can work out best. Maybe you share a meal with each of your families on days other than the holidays itself. This will allow you to plan for events such as baby needing to sleep or eat during festivities. Or, maybe you come from a large family that celebrates often, and baby is already acclimated! Thinking about the event ahead of time will help you not feel trapped into doing things that just are not comfortable yet.
If you are up for it invite separate family members to meet at a restaurant for a meal. This will take the pressure off you to have to entertain, clean house, plan food, etc. This holiday is different. Next year things will be so much easier for you. Share with you family your concerns.
One of my favorite things about the holidays with new babies are the darling gifts you can plan ahead for. You can order them now and have wonderful memorable gifts with out driving your self crazy. I love items with photos of your new baby. Relatives love these and they have a memory for you as baby grows. Below find some of my favorites. I prepare these each Christmas for my grand kids. They will have them their entire lives.