If you have a new, holiday season baby and feel up to participating in a Christmas, it is a great idea to head over to friends or relatives who are organizing a Christmas party. If someone proposed having a Christmas party in your house, so that you would not have to go anywhere, think twice about taking them up on the offer. When you go to someone else's house, at least you can leave at any time and stay however long you want to, whether that is 30 minutes or all night long. A new baby can be a wonderful and very legitimate excuse to say no to the holiday season altogether this year. Everybody will understand if you say mother and baby need time to rest and get to know each other. And of course, everyone will also understand it if you say that you do not want large amounts of germs around your baby in the first month or so.
Christmas can be beautiful when you celebrate it just with your own nuclear family. Of course, saying no to Christmas becomes a bit more tricky if you have older children who really like the holiday season. In that case, perhaps organizing a small party with other relatives at your home is a great solution. Or, if you do not want to throw a Christmas party yourself, you can think about allowing the older kids to stay with grandparents for a few nights, while you stay at home with the new baby.