Hospital Wraps Newborns in Christmas Stockings

Newborn boy Saiaiga Jayden Tome Malele rests in a giant red stocking in Long Beach, CA on Monday, December 23, 2013. For more than 50 years, babies born between Dec 21-25 at Long Beach Memorial are placed in big red stockings and presented to the new parents. Each year, more than 6,000 babies are born at the MemorialCare Center for Women at Miller's Children's and Long Beach Memorial. Photo courtesy Scott Varley, Long Beach Press Telegram)
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REDLANDS, Calif. (AP) - Southern California hospitals are spreading holiday cheer for new parents by delivering newborns in giant Christmas stockings.

The bright red stockings were provided this week for babies born at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. The Long Beach Press-Telegram (http://bit.ly/1c3zlYE ) says it's a half-century-old tradition.

The Redlands Community Hospital has been handing out stockings to parents of infants born this month.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise says the tradition began in 1930, but lapsed before it was revived in 2005.

This year, 16 volunteers made 250 fleece stockings during a daylong sewing bee.


Pauline Coffin holds her newborn son Saiaiga Jayden Tome Malele at Long Beach Memorial in Long Beach, CA on Monday, December 23, 2013. For more than 50 years, babies born between Dec 21-25 at Long Beach Memorial are placed in big red stockings and presented to the new parents. Photo courtesy Scott Varley, Long Beach Press Telegram.
Newborn boy Saiaiga Jayden Tome Malele rests in a giant red stocking in Long Beach, CA on Monday, December 23, 2013. For more than 50 years, babies born between Dec 21-25 at Long Beach Memorial are placed in big red stockings and presented to the new parents. Photo courtesy Scott Varley, Long Beach Press Telegram)
Junior Malele picks up his newborn son, Jayden, from his crib to give to mother Pauline Coffin in Long Beach, CA on Monday, December 23, 2013. For more than 50 years, babies born between Dec 21-25 at Long Beach Memorial are placed in big red stockings and presented to the new parents. Photo courtesy Scott Varley, Long Beach Press Telegram.


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