Right after unboxing your DSLR, you notice more buttons than you know what to do with.
Here's the good news, you only need to set about 12 of them before you start shooting. Even better news, Digital Camera World has listed all 12 for you.
Use this article as a blueprint to get your initial settings right, then go explore. By the way, DCW's advice is a good companion to my 8 things you should learn about your camera over the holidays.
Enjoy the new gear!