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Family Celebrates Special Christmas Eve Delivery

December 25, 2013, 5:59 PM by Brady Mallory

Family Celebrates Special Christmas Eve Delivery

Two-and-a-half-year-old Adelle Zylstra opened her presents before Christmas Day.

"Can you tell him what you got for Christmas?" Adelle's mom Lindsay Zylstra said.

The little girl does not have a lot to say about her new toys because this Christmas, she is a big sister.

"It was about 14 hours all together. She was 39 (hours), so we're doing better, " Lindsay said, laughing.

The Zylstras welcomed eight-pound and two-ounce baby Samuel Andrew Zylstra on Christmas Eve.

"Nine days late, so worth the wait!" Lindsay said.

"He might have a little bit of mom's red hair. He gets mad fast, but he calms down quick," Shane said, looking down at the tuft of reddish baby hair on the newborn's head.

Both mom and dad said the delivery at Sanford Hospital could not have been any smoother. The parents pointed out the stark contrast to the more meager set of accommodations for a different baby - the one many people celebrate on Christmas.

"We're lucky to have hospitals and doctors. Can't imagine what that was like," Shane said.

"Yeah, I'm glad I didn't have to have him in a stable," Lindsay said.

Samuel was the only baby born on Christmas Eve at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls. On Christmas Day, the newly expanded family was taking it easy.

While many people have iPads, smart phones and big screen HD TVs on their Christmas wish lists, the Zylstras say their special delivery is even better than any amount of stuff.

"It's just an amazing reminder of how much God loves us and he gave us his son," Lindsay said. "He gave us a son. Just how much we love him (Samuel) and (we) just met him. That's what Christmas is all about."

You do not need to tell that to Adelle twice. Even though she got playdoh and a new table for her play kitchen, her favorite gift this Christmas is her new baby brother. She will easily talk about that.

"He's a cutie," Adelle said.

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