Christmas Eve in Salem was not the happiest of times, in fact it was the most melachonly one to date!
The Horton family and their loved ones gathered for the annual hanging of the Christmas ornaments on the tree in the Horton home. One could not help but think how Alice Horton, the matriarch of the clan who started this tradition decades ago, would feel if she was alive and saw her family grieving.
The episode featured a tender performance by Bryan Dattilo who as Lucas is trying to cope with the death of his beloved son Will Horton ine holiday season. Suzanne Rogers (Maggie) was there to support Lucas throughout the episode. Later, MIA Sami texts a picture to Lucas that their daughter Allie made for him in honor of Will. But this is a dark day for Lucas no matter how those around him rally.
It’s also the most difficult day for Hope (Kristian Alfonso), Ciara (Vivian Jovanni), and Chase (Jonathon McClendon). Hope has to place the ornament of her beloved Bo (Peter Reckell) on the tree after he just passed away. Additionally, Hope even welcomes Chase into the family, and Abigail (Kate Mani) also gets a new ornament to hang for her son Thomas. In a touching moment, Doug (Bill Hayes) with Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) by his side implores everyone to carrying on this tradition when they are no longer alive. Doug looks to JJ (Casey Moss) and Abigail to promise to continue this special moment each year in the lives of the Hortons.
One by one, family members take turns putting their ornaments on the trees. Will has his ornament alongside Sonny’s. At the end of the significant tradition, Hope hands Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) their grandfather Tom’s ornament and then Alice’s. It is a Christmas Eve of reflection, sorrow, and family coming together for one another. During the montage of the ornament hanging, the beautiful song,” One Last Wish” performed and written by Kelly Moneymaker (Peter Reckell’s wife) was heard which added so much emotion to the moment.
Watch the 2015 Horton Christmas Ornament hanging after the jump. Let us know, did you reach for the hankies? Share your thoughts below!