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Holiday Newborns Go Home in Christmas Stockings

Some of the best Christmas gifts fit in stockings and babies born around the holidays are no exception. That’s why babies born at Magee-Women’s Hospital at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center get special stockings if they’re in the hospital on Christmas Day. Parents spending their first Christmas at UPMC get the stockings and hand-knit red hats as keepsakes. Magee nurses have been organizing the event for several years, and they give away dozens of tiny hats each holiday season.

Babies born around Christmas get a special surprise from some hospitals around the U.S., where they get wrapped up in stockings after being born. Like little presents!

babies warming for christmasTots born at Magee-Women’s Hospital at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center get special stockings and also are given hand-knit hats

Community volunteers have helped to make the stockings for babies at California’s Redlands Community Hospital since 1930, though the tradition had a lapse before being revived in 2005.

Last year, 16 volunteers made 250 fleece stockings over the course of one day.

Newborns sleep in oversized red stockings in the nursery at Long Beach
Memorial in Long Beach, California. AP Photo/Daily Breeze, Scott Valley

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