Two couples received extra- special Christmas presents in the early hours of December 25 when their first children were born at Forth Valley Royal Hospital.
Abel William Kay and Beatriz Conceicao Corte Mouthino might not have arrived wrapped in paper, but they were the perfect gifts for their delighted parents.
Abel was safely delivered at 2.37 a.m. weighing 6lb 8oz, a first child for William Kay (27) and Megan Cross (23) of Falkirk.
It was one of two festive surprises for Megan, who works as a customer services advisor for Prudential.
William, an engineer in the merchant navy, arrived at the family home in Canavan Street on Christmas Eve after his ship docked in London. Megan had not been expecting her partner home until a week later.
It was a case of perfect timing as Abel was not due until January 9.
Megan said: “Abel has been well behaved and has been sleeping. It was a name that we both liked - although I was certain I would be having a girl, so it was the only boy’s name I had picked.”
Meanwhile, Beatriz was born at 5.27 a.m. weighing 6lb 13oz, a first child for Delia Camacho (32) and Pedro Mouthino (33) of Redding.
Pedro - a professional footballer who became a fans’ favourite during his time playing for Falkirk - and Delia are both Portuguese, but are settled in Falkirk and said they are looking forward to raising their family in the district.
They chose the name Beatriz, the Portuguese for Beatrice, as it is the name of Pedro’s mother.
“She was due on Christmas Eve, but we are delighted that she arrived on Christmas Day,” said Delia.
“She’ll grow up in Scotland, but she will learn Portuguese as well as English. She will have to so she can speak to our families!”