Christmas Day now has even greater significance for 28 families across Northern Ireland with the arrival of newborns.
Babies were delivered in maternity wards across the Province on December 25, becoming the ultimate gift for their delighted parents.
Belfast Trust welcomed 11 babies to the Royal Maternity Hospital.
The first Christmas baby born in Northern Ireland entered the world there at 00.46.
The babies born in Belfast - four boys and seven girls - included mother Laura Dempsey from Newtownabbey whose baby Ella who was born at 02.45 weighing 7.5lb, mother Danielle Topping and baby Daniel who was born at 03.02 weighing 8.8lb and mother Zara Fee and baby Emelia who was born at 07.25 weighing 7.15lb.
Two babies were born in Antrim Area Hospital in the Northern Trust.
The first baby born there, a boy, entered the world at 2.54am to proud parents Jacqueline and Danny Mc Clelland from Ballymena. The couple named their son Blake.
And one baby was born in the Causeway Hospital in Coleraine to mother Patricia Simms from Coleraine.
Meanwhile six babies were born in Craigavon Area Hospital in the Southern Trust.
Six babies were born - two girls and four boys.
In Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry five babies arrived - three boys and two girls.
Meanwhile in the South Eastern Trust, one baby girl was born in the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald.
In the Western Trust three babies were born in Altnagelvin Hospital in Londonderry. The first Christmas baby there was born at 3pm.