For many people this year their biggest Christmas presents arrived in their local hospital, in the form of new baby girl or boy.
The first Christmas baby in the Belfast trust hospitals was a girl named Aurora at 1.27am on Christmas morning to Leigh-Ann Gibson. The new arrival weighed in at 7lb and 10oz at the Mater Hospital.
The second in Belfast was to Christine McFarlane at 1.21pm, again at the Mater, but this time an-as-yet-unnamed boy.
Adrian and Joanne McQuillan from east Belfast welcomed in their new baby daughter at 3:27am on Christmas Day in the Ulster Hospital, weighing 7lb and 14oz.
Stuart and Lynette Thompson from Lurgan saw their first child arrive early at Craigavon Area Hospital. “She was not due until January 21 so it came as a complete shock that she arrived on Christmas day,” Stuart said. “In fact it was so much of a surprise that I had toast for Christmas dinner! But everything is great now.”
The couple have called their new baby girl Mia Hazel India.
“I am just to happy for everyone that has had a new arrival this Christmas,” the new father added.
A spokeswoman for the Southern trust said they had an unusually high number of 14 babies delivered on Christmas Day, eight boys and six girls.