I know how that is when you can't frame the question. But I figure, you've gotten this far with the correct number of sts on holders, so give it a go. At worst you can put it down until next Christmas when you may be more experienced.
Think of it as 8sts on a holder separated by an edge, 26sts on a holder separated by an edge, and 8 more sts on a holder. Your can knit all these sts around if only you create some sts to fill the gaps and that's where you create the 9sts by picking up sts. See if the video helps or as I said, put it down for a while and come back later.