Christmas Eve in Salem!PREVIEW: The Horton family gathers for Christmas with their famous decorating tradition; Chloe and Brady make love under the Christmas tree. SUMMARY: At the Horton's, the family gathers for Christmas Eve. The Brady's arrive with armloads of gifts and are greeted by Doug and Julie, Mickey and Maggie, the Devereax trio, Will and Lucas. Hope comments on how hot it is in there and Julie says it must be 90 degrees and it's been that way for days because she doesn't think that Alice has turned off the oven. Abby squeals that Will's ate so many cookies they had to make more. Jennifer tells Lucas that she's happy that he and Will could be there, as does Julie tells Jack. Lucas and Jack are happy to be there too. Bo teases about Santa going overboard and Will mouths off about knowing WHO went overboard and tells Zack that there is Santa. Lucas assures Abby there is and asks her what she wants for Christmas. She tells him there's only one thing, to spend Christmas with her mom and dad. Jack and Jennifer exchange a satisfied look. Bo tells Doug that they spoke to Glen and Barb earlier and that they thanked him for all the gifts they sent to JT. Hope can't wait for Shawn to see his gift and Bo mentions the hole in his wallet as a result. Hope says she's missing Shawn and she hopes that he and Belle arrive soon… On their way to Gran's, Shawn and Belle stop by the DiMera Mansion, and they bring Christmas presents for Cassie and Rex, explaining they like to share their blessings. Cassie shows them all the presents Count DiMera has for them and asks if Belle and Shawn were sharing blessings when they locked Rex out of his dorm room door that night. Rex scolds Cassie about her manners, but she continues by asking if they set off enough heat to set off the sprinklers. Belle found it strange the sprinklers only went off on the 3rd floor, but Cassie doesn't respond to this. She then lets on her knowledge about sprinklers and that they don't all go off at the same time, they're heat sensitive. Cassie then, rather rudely, tells them that she hopes their evening wasn't ruined. Shawn realizes the time and say they need to go…He bids them a Merry Christmas and they leave. Once gone, Cassie thinks to herself that by next Christmas, Shawn will be hers… Meanwhile, in Nancy's room at the hospital, Craig notices something on her monitor and Dr. Bader is there and Chloe and Brady are not far behind. Chloe fears it's bad news, but Craig assures her it's good news - as Nancy's blood pressure has returned to almost normal. Dr. Bader says with proper rest, medication and avoiding stress, it should stay that way. Craig tells Chloe that Nancy would do anything for her daughters. Chloe says she isn't thinking about her bone marrow transplant right now, she just wants her mother and sister to be okay. Dr. Bader sees that Nancy's heart is speeding up and Craig tells Chloe that probably means she's waking up. Craig goes over to her just as she opens her eyes, so Craig's face is the first thing she sees. He tells her both she and the baby are okay. Nancy worries about how long she was out and Chloe says, "It's Christmas Eve" and Nancy turns her head and Chloe says "Merry Christmas Mom". Dr. Bader tells them she hopes to send Nancy home for the Holidays if her blood pressure continues as it is. Nancy couldn't be happier. Craig suggests to Chloe and Brady that they go celebrate and he'll stay with Nancy. Chloe doesn't want to leave, but Brady says he thinks that Craig wants to be alone with his wife and they leave. Once alone, Craig and Nancy tell each other how much they love each other. Later Craig comes back in a Santa hat and Nancy hopes Santa can tell her that she can go home for Christmas. He gives her a gift and she wonders what it is. Craig tells her it's good news and if she can handle the excitement of it, she can handle anything. She opens it up and sees it's a file folder. She opens it, and sees that it's test results. He tells her it's a paternity test. He says the test shows the DNA bond between a father and a daughter…She asks him, rather abruptly, how he thinks this is good news...She later rants to him how can he think he wasn't the father of the baby, as her blood pressure and heart rate increase. He tries to calm her and tells her he's sorry. He doesn't mean this baby, he means another little girl, "our little girl". Nancy looks confused and Craig tells her, "Chloe. Chloe is ours"… Outside the Kirikas Mansion, Nicole worries about Colin's tape as she stands in the cold. She damns Collin for blackmailing her. She then wonders what she will do if Victor ever sees the tape… Inside, we see Victor and Kate's unhappy reaction about hearing that Phillip has joined the Marines. Kate wonders why? Victor credits the bad decision to Chloe's influence as Phillip feels he still has to prove something to her by risking his life. Phillip says that he's growing up and moving on with his life. He is upset that his parents still aren't proud of him. Kate wants Victor to use his contacts to get him out of this, but Phillip says no. He is still upset and runs out… Alone with Victor, Kate worries their son may be going off to war. Nicole arrives, asking what's up with Phillip? Kate tells her if anyone should risk their life, it's her and to drop dead! Kate leaves as Victor, very bluntly, asks Nicole where the hell she's been. She tells him she was shopping and he tells her about Phillip joining the Marines and shipping out immediately. Surprised, she hugs him and tries to lighten the mood by suggesting they open some presents. Victor pushes her back and tells her to stop it! Nicole figures her life will be perfect, ruined or over, thanks to Collin. She asks Victor what is wrong – is he upset about Phillip or something else? He apologizes to her and she lets out a sigh of relief… Meanwhile, back at the Horton's, Shawn and Belle arrive. Belle comments on the beautiful ornaments and is told how Shawn almost sat on the box a couple of years ago. The traditional Horton ornament hanging begins as each family member takes their turn at hanging their own ornament. Doug and Julie go first, then Mickey and Maggie. Jennifer puts out her hand for Jack to take and they go to the tree with Abby and hang their ornaments in a tight group. Shawn holds Zack as Shawn hangs his ornament next to John Thomas' on the tree. Bo and Hope do the same with their own. Hope kisses Gran and she takes Zack's ornament and hangs it on the tree next to hers and Bo's. Mickey carefully unwraps Alice's ornament and hands it to her standing next to the tree as she hangs it. He then gives her Tom's and she hangs it next to her own. Mickey helps her straighten them on the tree as Alice looks up, telling Tom they're all still there and are so blessed as Hope hugs her and Doug and Julie lovingly watch from behind… At the penthouse, John and Marlena sit and bid each other Merry Christmas. She wishes him she could give him the one present he'd like, not to be a DiMera. He wonders if that's how he got so much hatred – if Stefano turns out to be his father. Marlena tells him he is a loving man and he loves him family. She then says they should head over to Shawn and Caroline's, because that's where their family is. Jus then, the doorbell rings and John tells her to get rid of them. It's Tony – and he's bearing gifts. He has Bart bring in a red draped gift and Marlena unraps it and it is the portrait that she found on the island. Marlena stares at it as Tony tells John that Marlena should have the painting of herself. John wonders why Tony gave her the gift. Tony claims he just wants to prove he's not his father and thought Marlena might want the portrait. John tells him no, they don't want it and asks Marlena to agree. Startled, Marlena tells him they accept it. Tony's takes this as a sign that their family's will get along in the future and bids "Merry Christmas to all and to all, a goodnight" and leaves. John admires the painting saying it's prettier in person than her picture of it. John figures it's time to do a little celebrating and the two head out the door… At the Wesley House, Chloe and Brady come through the door and Brady is carrying a tree on his shoulder. Chloe says she can't believe they got one this late on Christmas eve. Knowing how many ornaments Nancy has, Chloe kids they better get started decorating or they'll be there all night. The two head to the attic to get the decorations. Later, Brady gives Chloe a "Baby Sister" stocking and she tells him she bought her a gift today. Brady kids that he bets it won't fit in that stocking and Chloe says he's right. She takes it and hangs it on the mantle with the others. Brady brought the angel from his loft for the top of the tree and he helps Chloe up so she can place it on top. All the decorations are up and Brady gives Chloe a surprise. It's an envelope that she reads aloud, I owe you a trip to Los Angeles" He tells her for the trip there they missed. He tells her for whenever she wants to go, he figures they can go after the baby's born or after her transplant and she's cured. She gives him her present that she says she bought on her ten minute shopping spree. It's a snow globe with a cabin and a man and a woman outside of it. She couldn't believe how she ever thought she wasn't lucky as she found that so quickly. He tells her he can't believe he waited so long to tell her that he loved her. She tells him she loves him to and they kiss… At the Brady Pub, Grandpa Shawn announces that he is closing the pub for the Brady Christmas Eve party. Just then Phillip arrives, asking to spend a little time with them. Hugging, they agree. We see Bo and Hope are there and Mom and Pop do a private toast to Bo and Hope, saying they couldn't wish them any more love then they already have, so they wish them peace. Kate arrives and taking Phillip aside, asks if he told his friends. He tells her no, he wanted to enjoy the night without questions and worries. Touching his face, she understands. Roman joins her, glad she accepted his offer to come. She tells him she didn't have anyplace else to go. John and Marlena arrive and tell Bo and Hope they need to talk with them about Tony DiMera. They tell them about the painting and about Tony bringing it as a gift. Suddenly, Marlena remembers it's Bo and Hope's wedding anniversary and she wishes them a happy anniversary. She comments how much she's looking forward to spending the evening with her friends, family and turning to John, saying you big guy, the man I love. She kisses him and Hope tells her she took the words right out of her mouth as she turns to kiss and hug Bo. Bo and John look at each other with concerned looks… Back at the DiMera Mansion, Tony opens a gift from Cassie and Rex as they thank him for giving them a home. He finds a framed picture of the twins. Bart comes in and comments on all the "loot", saying there's more to come from upstairs. Tony hands Bart an envelope, Bart wonders what it is? Tony tells him it's his Christmas bonus. Bart is almost speechless, saying Stefano never gave him one. Tony tells Bart this is his house now and compliments Bart that the bonus is for what he lacks in intelligence (through no fault of his own, he adds), he makes up for in loyalty and obedience. Bart whispers to him that Rolf needs to see him in the secret room as Tony disappears. Bart sees the twins and he tells Rex he'll show him how to play his new Game Boy (?). Tony joins Rolf in the secret room and Rolf says he just wanted to give him an update on the Legacy Project. Tony tells Rolf he wants to show him what he got himself for Christmas and walks over and uncovers the Marlena portrait, saying Marlena has no idea hers is just a copy… During the closing montage, we hear "Chestnuts Roasting on an open Fire" softly playing in the background, as everyone is enjoying Christmas Eve with loved ones… At Alice's, Doug and Julie share a kiss under the mistletoe as Mickey and Maggie laughingly kiss, saying they don't need mistletoe. Alice wishes Tom a Merry Christmas while looking up… At the DiMera Mansion, Rolf peeks in the living room as Cassie listens to her walkman while Rex and Bart are still playing with Rex's gameboy(?)… At the Kirikas Mansion, Victor and Nicole toast with champagne as he watches her as she's deep in thought, and she drinks her whole glass of champagne in one gulp... At the Brady Pub, Sami and Brandon hug as Kate kisses Roman on the cheek. Belle and Shawn engage in a kiss, as Philip watches from the window… At the Wesley house, Chloe and Brady have a fire crackling as they kiss and fall to the floor together… At the hospital, Nancy is speechless as she takes in the news that Craig is Chloe's father. He monitors her blood pressure, which stays stable as he closes the folder. He puts his hand on her stomach and Nancy smiles and they stare into each others eyes… Back at the pub, Bo and Hope hold Zack and kiss in a booth as Marlena tells John she loves him and they kiss after he tells her the same. In the secret room at the DiMera mansion, Tony gazes at Marlena's portrait and toasts it with a glass of wine saying "to the future" Freeze frame with Tony in one half of the picture and Marlena from the portrait in the other half… Episode Pictures courtesy of koolpages.com.moreless
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