Hospital wraps newborns in Christmas stockings

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Associated Press

Posted on December 24, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 25 at 12:00 AM

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 reports (http://bit.ly/1c3zlYE ) 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 reports (http://bit.ly/1eCvBli) 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.

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