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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
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Rob

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

Patrick
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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
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CeeCee

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

Rodd
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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)
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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
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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)
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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
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4ever DAYS

Yes, I remember your ideas, Jimh!

blake
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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
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Mo

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

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

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

Derrick
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Derrick

Beautiful!

Kelly
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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
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judy

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

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

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

Rj
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

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DAYS Wally Kurth Delivers ‘The Power Performance of the Week’

Mark our words! Next year, Days of our Lives Wally Kurth (Justin Kiriakis) will once again be nominated for a Daytime Emmy for this week’s emotional and deeply-touching work on key episodes of the NBC daytime drama series.

As viewers saw, this was to be the happy nuptials of Justin and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans), who found love again after losing the previous loves of their lives.  They were dear friends to begin with, who through a set of horrific circumstances, found comfort with one another which eventually turned to love.

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Problem was; Justin overheard Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) and Hope (Kristian Alfonso) before the ceremony discussing Steve’s (Stephen Nichols) feelings for Kayla and that he wants her back; something Kayla is unaware of.  So what will he do?  The noble thing and tell her the truth, or keep it to himself and marry her anyway?

As the Intel of what he learned weighed heavier and heavier on Justin, in the most dramatic of moments (when he was to say his “I do’s”), Justin stopped the ceremony and bared all to Kayla: that Steve wants her back and how Steve saw him propose to her and that is why he backed off.  Armed with the knowledge and that her friends and family kept it from her, Kayla does not know what to do.  Justin helps made it easy and clear for her when he questions her … if they would be standing here getting married, if Steve had told her his true feelings before Justin proposed to her?

Justin goes on to say to Kayla that maybe she has been avoiding her true feelings for Steve, because she did not want to hurt him.  Then Justin tells Kayla that he visited his late wife Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) grave, and told her that if things were different, and if she was alive they would still be married, and Kayla would be their dear, dear friend.

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With seeing the look on Kayla’s eyes, Justin knows she loves Steve.  Heartbroken, but caught in an untenable situation, Justin tells Kayla he is happy for her.  Kayla wraps her arms around Justin as they both cry.  Kayla says she never wanted to hurt him, and when Wally as Justin says, “I know, honey,” it was one of the most honest and ten-hankie moments of the entire scenario.   Justin kisses her, tells the guests there will be no wedding today, and exits the Kiriakis mansion.

The emotional drama continues in the aftermath as Justin is at Kayla’s apartment boxing up all of his belongings and tears up recalling their nights together listening to jazz and cooking dinner.  Sonny (Freddie Smith) finds his dad, and tells him he did the noble thing and that time will heal all wounds, but after Sonny leaves, Justin breaks down a bit further before exiting Kayla’s for good.

And if that was not enough, Justin goes back to Adrienne’s gravesite to update her on the wedding that did not happen.   He talks to her that he understands Kayla and Steve’s deep and enduring love, which was just like theirs was.  Next, Justin thinks he is seeing Adrienne, when none other than Bonnie Lockhart (Judi Evans) reveals she is back in Salem – talk about kicking a guy when he is down!

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Throughout this entire saga, moment to moment, Kurth delivered raw, genuine, adult emotions, in a very complex adult story and relationship.   In fact, the cast and crew thought so, too!  When Wally as Justin told Kayla that he can’t marry her and the speech that followed and his exit from the mansion that followed, all those on set applauded for him.  His work was that moving.   Wally was ably assisted throughout by the outstanding work of Mary Beth Evans in these scenes.

2020, while a difficult year for everyone thus far, has been a particular great year for Kurth on Days; as over the last six months he has really had a chance to shine in this story.  So for all of these reasons and more, Michael Fairman TV gives the “Power Performance of the Week” kudos to Wally Kurth.

Did you love Wally’s performance this week on Days? Did you reach for the hankies? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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DAYS Wally Kurth, Mary Beth Evans & Chandler Massey Take You Behind the Scenes of Kayla and Justin’s Wedding

On Wednesday’s heartbreaking episode of Days of our Lives, viewers saw just how the nuptials of Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Justin (Wally Kurth) eventually wound up!

Justin told Kayla that Steve (Stephen Nichols) still loves her, which put a halt to the proceedings and ended the romantic relationship between the two dear friends, who found love with one another following Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) death, and Kayla believing Steve did not want her back.

Now, The DOOL app has posted a rare behind the scenes view of the making of the wedding – with moments from the key scenes, rehearsals and interviews with the cast involved.

Chandler Massey (Will) weighs-in on Will’s debut as a wedding officiant and how that went south, while Mary Beth Evans and Wally Kurth shared why they loved this storyline so much.

Wally expresses how the last six months have been some of the best storylines of his soap career, while Mary Beth says that Justin and Kayla’s relationship was so adult and that in real life, both actors have known about people who fall in love with their dear friend, after losing their significant other whether it be by divorce, or death, or whatever the circumstance.

If you don’t already have the DOOL app on your mobile device to watch the segment, you can get more info to download here.

We will have more to say on the memorable performances at Michael Fairman TV later in the week.

So, what did you think of Kayla and Justin’s wedding and the fallout? Comment below.

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DAYS Mary Beth Evans & Stephen Nichols with Guest Ron Carlivati Talk Stayla’s Greatest Hits & Approach To Scripts During COVID-19

This week is a pivotal one for Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) on Days of our Lives.  Will they be reunited once again?

To take a stroll down memory lane of reunions past, Mary Beth Evans along with her longtime on-screen scene partner and dear friend, Stephen Nichols, watched back key scenes from the history of Stayla and offered up a second viewing experience as they commented on the clips.

Later, Mary Beth and Stephen are joined by their surprise guest and it is revealed to be Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati!

In her tweet, Evans announced: “Since we’re evidently leading up to something big on #Days … Stephen Nichols and I thought we’d get together & watch some of our reunions from the past. And, we were lucky enough to have a very special guest join us for a chat! #patchandkaylaforever”

Mary Beth and Stephen then chat with Ron about what changes is he having to make to scripts in the reality we all live in now, the coronavirus pandemic, and how he is taking in to account upcoming safety protocols that will need to be adhered to when Days goes back into production.

As of now, from an article in Deadline last Friday the NBC daytime drama series is aiming for a September 1st restart.

Watch Mary Beth, Stephen and Ron in part one and part two and part three of their discussion below.

You can find that and more on Mary Beth’s PlankBlog You Tube channel as well.

Let us know in the comment section what you favorite Patch and Kayla reunion has been … and if you are looking forward to how Days will look when it goes back into production within safety guidelines for COVID-19?

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