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18 September 14th, 2015 WATCH: 50 Years Of DAYS: Christmas In Salem!


Nothing says “Days of our Lives” like the annual Horton ornament hanging at Christmas time.  When you have an ornament hung on the Christmas tree at Tom (MacDonald Carey) and Alice’s (Frances Reid) you officially were welcomed to the family.

Over the years through sorrow and passings, and births and marriages, the Christmas time Horton tradition has always brought out the hankies for many a long time viewer of the NBC soap opera.

As the series gets ready to celebrate its 5oth anniversary in November, is continuing to post some web gems and clip packages featuring staple moments of the daytime drama series.  This time it looks at Christmas in Salem! From John (Drake Hogestyn) and Marlena (Deidre Hall), Will (Chandler Massey) and Sonny (Freddie Smith) and baby Arianna, to JJ (Casey Moss), Abigail (Kate Mansi) and Jennifer (Melissa Reeves), to Bo (Peter Reckell) and Hope (Kristian Alfonso),  Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) and Victor (John Aniston), to Doug (Bill Hayes) and Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes), check out the selects from the retrospective.

Watch 50 Years of DAYS: Christmas in Salem after the jump.  Then let us know, do you look forward to the annual Horton Ornament hanging each Christmas episode?  What is your favorite Christmas memory from DAYS over the last 50 years?  Who do you hope is together for this Christmas come December on-air?  Share your thoughts below!

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  1. Rob says:

    always loved Christmas at the Horton house and those occasional ones that weren’t there but were mentioned as being missed


    Patrick replied

    I love this time of year… it’s a given that I tear up and then some

    I do think… DAYS should spend more time on and pan the whole tree… perhaps spend a minute more.. as the ending credits … so we can see all the names


    summons that much more emotion


    CeeCee replied

    …..always the romantic, Patrick; always the poet….And, nostalgia was her name!!

  2. Rodd says:

    It’s something I’ve always tuned in to see even when I wasn’t following the show on a daily basis. The Horton tree ornaments hanging is a Christmas tradition filled with so much joy that I’d miss it greatly if I couldn’t watch it. I love seeing so many of the characters all together in one place year after year for something so beautiful. I trust they will go above and beyond in this 50th year.


  3. Jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    How about some real long forgotten Hortons like Steve Olsen, Tommy Horton, Sandy Horton, David Banning, Scott Banning, Jeremy Horton, Sarah Horton as well as Bill, Laura, Melissa, Marie, Mike, and Mike’s ex Robin!!!


    4ever DAYS replied

    And Jessica too, Jimh!

    I would like to see Jessica hanging her own ornament and her son’s…While hanging Nick’s ornament, Jessica can imagine her alternate personality hanging “Rick’s” ornament…Jessica gave birth to Nick and her alter gave birth to Rick!!!!!


    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    See what i mean about forgotten Hortons…i forgot Jessica…hey, when Nick was killed off i mentioned he could have a twin named Rick…maybe Rick’s the killer…lol

    4ever DAYS replied

    Yes, I remember your ideas, Jimh!


  4. blake says:

    Great clips! I love that Days does this tradition every year. I always loved Days and the ornament hanging along with Guiding Light and the storytelling and then the cast and crew singing in the credits.


  5. Mo says:

    Loved when Bonnie hung her huge ornament! That was classic.


  6. MBmomof3 says:

    I’m a sucker for the Horton/Days Christmas shows. Love the tradition.


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  8. Kelly says:

    I agree that the Christmas shows are beautiful. But where are the shows featuring other religious beliefs. Not all are Christian. What about Jewish and other religious traditions.


  9. judy says:

    Does anybody know about steve and kayla daugater when did have daugater


    4ever DAYS replied

    Steve and Kayla’s daughter was born about 1990. They named her Stephanie.


  10. Rj says:

    Love the annual Horton tree trimming show! It is my favorite part of Days. Look forward to it every year. Love family and friends together and the ritual and tradition. It is one of the happier upbeat shows. . Of course, it would be good if the show made mention of other religions as well at times.


  11. janet says:

    The ornament hanging is a tradition. When we see it .we see the love the characters felt for each other. This is a Christmas tree.


  12. Gmbenet says:

    Some of the younger couples (i.e. Will-Gabi, JJ-Paige) had the potential to become supercouples like John-Marlena, Bo-Hope, Steve-Kayla, etc. But the writers and/or producers messed it up with the stories they created for these young couples. Opportunity missed to continue the tradition set in place by Tom and Alice Horton (MacDonald Carey and Francis Reid).

    I have long believed that there are persons in Hollywood, and in particular the Daytime industry, who absolutely hate the values that Ted Corday used to create Days of Our Lives. (On person in the Daytime world even credited Irma Philips as creator of Days and not Ted Corday. I can’t tell you how little I think of such a “reporting”.)

    I also think that over the years there have been writers hired on Days whose objective seems to have been to destroy the values that were used to create Days. That has not worked and I dare say it never will. Why try to destroy someone else’s creation? If you don’t like the foundation of the show, go create a show of your own using values and principles that you want to use. But don’t try to destroy someone else’s work. I loathe that!

    Nevertheless, in spite of likely intentional sabotage, Days has survived 50 years. Congratulations, Days! You have certainly weathered the storms of the Daytime industry. “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life…” Pslam 23:6 is definitely true of this show.


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