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WATCH: 50 Years Of DAYS: Christmas In Salem!

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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, NBC.com 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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Rob
Rob

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

Patrick
Patrick

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

beautiful

summons that much more emotion

CeeCee
CeeCee

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

Rodd
Rodd

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.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

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
4ever DAYS

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)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

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
4ever DAYS

Yes, I remember your ideas, Jimh!

blake
blake

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.

Mo
Mo

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

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

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

Derrick
Derrick

Beautiful!

Kelly
Kelly

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.

judy
judy

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

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

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

Rj
Rj

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.

janet
janet

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.

Gmbenet
Gmbenet

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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TODAY: Ron Carlivati’s Dad Appears on DAYS

Be on the lookout on Friday’s October 18th episode of Days of our Lives for one of the shows “superfans” who pops in Salem.  That is when the father of DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati appears as an extra on the NBC soap opera.

Carlivati Sr., who is very proud of his son, looks to be donning a medical lab coat as a physician in a photo shared on social media along with Kayla (Mary Beth Evans), one of Salem’s most busy and most respected doctors.

Ron told SOD about his dad appearing on the show that he writes: “It’s funny because I’ve been in soaps for over 20 years and my dad would watch to see my name on the credits but rarely get into the show. Somehow, I don’t know what clicked in for him, he’s obsessed with Days of our Lives. He does not miss it.”

As to how his dad became an extra for the day: “We were at the studio and Albert Alarr, our co-executive producer, comes up and meets my parents and turns to my dad and says, ‘We’re gonna be shooting some scenes in the hospital next. How would you like to be in them?’ I honestly had no idea this was coming. I also fainted.”

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DAYS Camila Banus Talks Stabi’s Heartbreaking Love Story; Matthew Ashford Melissa Reeves Chat On JnJ Reunion On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

In the latest can’t miss ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives‘ podcast, two major interviews are the focus of the episode.  First, Camila Banus who had been turning in bravura performances as Gabi, discusses with host. Michael Fairman, her reaction to finding out that Brandon Barash (Stefan) was being killed-off the NBC soap opera, now that Gabi’s love, Stefan is brain-dead.

The duo who became so popular as “Stabi” reveals why Gabi and Stefan’s love/hate relationship worked so well, and those sexed up love scenes.  Later in the interview Camila discusses her recent scenes with Sal Stowers (Lani) where Gabi wants Lani to get down on her knees and beg for forgiveness for Lani shooting Stefan, even though he got in the line of fire to save his mother, Vivian (Robin Strasser).  In addition, Camila talks about working with Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie) and how Julie hurled some minority slurs at Gabi shortly before her heart-attack.

Then in a very special roundtable chat, Matthew Ashford (Jack) and Melissa Reeves (Jennifer) chat with Fairman about playing those key scenes where Jack rescues Jennifer from Dr. Shah, hits his head, and then finally his memories come flooding back.   The duo known as ‘JnJ” talk about their storied on-screen history, and tease what may happen in the next leg in their storylines.

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So, what did you think of the conversations with Camila and Matt and Melissa? What do you hope happens next for Gabi  … for Jack and Jennifer? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS Kate Mansi Talks ‘Chad & Abby in Paris’ With KTLA Morning News

If you’ve downloaded the DOOL app, you are now catching chapter 2 of the successful app series, Chad & Abby in Paris, featuring Days of our Lives stars, Kate Mansi (Abigail) and Billy Flynn (Chad).

In the series, the duo known as “Chabby” is in Paris with their children, while dealing with intrusions in their relationship that seem to draw them closer together and make them stronger as a couple.

Last Friday, Kate Mansi was the special guest on the KTLA Morning News out in Los Angeles with entertainment guru, Sam Rubin and the morning news team.

During her segment, Kate discussed: what makes Chad & Abby in Paris different than the regular airshows of Days of our Lives. how she directed some scenes on an upcoming episode of the app series, how she is looking forward to getting more into directing in addition to her acting career, plus here real-life engagement.

Mansi revealed that Chad and Abby will be back on-screen on new episodes of NBC’s Days of our Lives this fall.

Watch Kate chat it up below with the KTLA crew.

Then let us know, are you enjoying chapter 2 of Chad & Abby in Paris on the DOOL app?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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