A Pennsylvania hospital continues its holiday tradition of dressing up 10 lucky newborns for National Ugly Sweater Day for the fourth year in a row.
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Magee-Women’s Hospital spread holiday cheer to several families by providing their little ones with ugly Christmas sweaters and a chance to meet Santa.
As CafeMom reports, Jeff Hodges, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer, dressed up as Santa for the celebration.
According to ABC News, Hodges said that the hospital began celebrating the holidays this way in 2015.
“We do it to spread love for the whole family. We do 9,000 deliveries a year, but to that set of parents who will be in attendance, this could be a once-in-a-lifetime sort of experience.”
Further, nursing staff helped make the moment come to life by decorating the hospital halls and wearing their own ugly sweaters.
As ABC News reports, Caitlin Pechin, a nurse in the mother-baby unit, makes a huge contribution to the tradition by designing and knitting the Christmas outfits for the newborns.
“It’s really rewarding. Everyone is going through a really special time in their life, but to add that extra-special experience and see their babies dressed up is the most important thing we do.”
Pechin knitted different images on the sweaters making each one unique. Those images included a snowman, snowflakes, a Christmas tree, and a penguin.
As KDKA reports, the nurse said:
“I tried to make ugly Christmas sweaters for the babies, but I actually think they turned out pretty cute.”
According to ABC News, one father, Todd Davis, described the sweater as possibly a “little itchy,” but “very nice.”