You’ve spent your entire life focusing on what to get your parents, siblings, friends, co-workers. You’ve made wish lists for Santa, which later became hint lists for your significant others. You’ve decked your halls, perhaps in more adult-oriented ways (one year when a friend trimmed their tree with mini-liquor bottles). Now, all of a sudden, it’s time to place the focus on someone else. So, what are the ways to survive Christmas with a newborn? How does one make the transition?
Perhaps the first thing you need to ask yourself is why you’re wondering how to "survive" the holidays in the first place. Does your family put extra pressure on you around this time of year? Do you have a tendency to succumb to a bit of seasonal depression? Are you worried you won’t be able to afford all the gifts you normally do? If you're breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed, are you going to be around family members who think feeding your child with your body is particularly "gross?" If your answer to any of the aforementioned questions is a resounding, "Yes," perhaps you simply need a shift in focus. The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy, when you have fun with loved ones. Gifts are secondary. Fancy parties are secondary. Everything is secondary, including someone else's judgment, to your new baby.
Still, even if you have a ridiculously supportive family and the holidays are a time of joy, and not stress, for you; surviving the holiday season with a newborn can be tough (because babies). Having been through it before, I can safely say I have a few suggestions for you; suggestions that will make this time of year sweet, not stressful.