In what has become a 53-year tradition, babies born at Long Beach Memorial around December 21 through Christmas are bundled up in red holiday stockings as a surprise to the parents. Nurse Peggy Mullarky brings the final baby into the nursery. (Scott Varley / Staff Photographer)
The nurses at the MemorialCare Center for Women gathered 11 of their newborns for a group photo in the nursery. Each year, nearly 6,000 babies are born at the hospital. (Scott Varley / Staff Photographer)
About 6,000 babies are born at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center each year. As Christmas approaches, babies born from Dec. 21 through 25 are bundled in an infant-sized red stocking. | PHOTOS
Nurse Peggy Mullarky wheels in a baby to the viewing area, where family and friends of new parents look on in excitement.
Memorial Medical Center has bundled Christmastime babies in stockings for more than 50 years.
Scott Varley Staff Photographer