Days of Our Lives’ Christmas Story: How a Beloved Holiday Tradition Was Born — and How You Can Continue It in Your Own Home
A tradition that celebrates an iconic Salem name.
It’s that time of year again, when the snow starts to fall in some places and Days of Our Lives fans are preparing for the holidays — and anxiously awaiting the hanging of the Horton ornaments and the new bulb reveals. Who will get their very own decoration to hang on the Christmas tree this year? While we wait to see, let’s take a look back at the tradition and how it all began.
The very first Horton ornaments were created over 50 years ago by Tom Horton’s mother. In 1966, seven ornaments featuring the character names of Tom, Alice, Bill, Mickey, Marie, Addie and Tommy Jr. were revealed. A few years later, Alice took over and began creating new ornaments for family members and those they loved to be included on the Christmas tree.
Though it’s customary that only members of the Horton family, as well as their spouses, get to have an ornament, the NBC soap paid a tribute to some of those lost in the 9/11 attacks by adding additional bulbs on the tree during the holidays in 2001.
In 2018, the show created a video to highlight some of its Christmases in Salem focusing on the holiday tradition. Have a look:
Last year, everyone believed Ciara had died and Ben was forced to hang his newly gifted ornament on the tree by himself. Now that she’s back, the couple can hang their ornaments together.
Would you like to have some Horton family ornaments to hang on your Christmas tree this year? Well, you can! Our shopping guide in the gallery below is filled with photos of various fun gifts for that Days of Our Lives fan on your list.
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<p>Every year fans watch as new Horton ornaments are created and added to the family tree. And now fans can add them to their trees as well! With these <a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/935573193/days-of-our-lives-horton-family-custom?source=aw&utm_source=affiliate_window&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=us_location_buyer&utm_content=299513&awc=6220_1634050422_c845b02d96b621db250964bf161262e0&utm_term=0" target="_blank">custom-made Horton family ornaments</a>, you can pick which Salem residents you want on your tree — or have your own family’s names added with a <em>Days of Our Lives</em> twist!</p>
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<p>I spy with my little eye someone wearing a suit… that’s Victor! While fans will obviously recognize the faces of their favorite Salemites, getting to ask questions in order for players to guess who they are taking about will make the <a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/1066063675/guess-who-days-of-our-lives-theme?source=aw&utm_source=affiliate_window&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=us_location_buyer&utm_content=299513&awc=6220_1634050488_a30735ace46f3ea480369ed43e652eff&utm_term=0" target="_blank">Guess Who? <em>Days of Our Lives</em> board game</a> a fun addition to your weekend get-togethers.</p>
<p>If it’s Bingo you fancy, we have these <a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/1079352074/days-of-our-lives?source=aw&utm_source=affiliate_window&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=us_location_buyer&utm_content=299513&awc=6220_1634050563_a8fd6ff67508bdf5a51f424a68bcd3df&utm_term=0" target="_blank"><em>Days of Our Lives</em> Bingo cards</a> featuring some of the NBC soap’s characters and favorite couples — past and present. Who needs to head to the local fire hall on Bingo night when you can host a game in your own home?</p>
<p>How about 48 pages of <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Days-Our-Lives-Trivia-Questions/dp/B091N144LJ/?tag=soaps0f6-20" target="_blank"><em>Days of Our Lives</em> trivia</a> to keep your guests occupied? If you’re ready to take the challenge, this book contains 100 questions that even the biggest fans may have to stop and think, “Hmmm?”</p>
<p>You don’t have to wait until after lunch for a little love in the afternoon. Start your day with a <a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/752350934/if-loving-days-of-our-lives-is-wrong-i?source=aw&utm_source=affiliate_window&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=us_location_buyer&utm_content=299513&awc=6220_1634050594_485eda254421dd12bf06ba3cf4216627&utm_term=0" target="_blank"><em>Days of Our Lives</em> mug</a> filled with your morning beverage of choice and let it be clear to those around you which soap is your favorite! </p>
<p>Hey, maybe you’re not able to watch the soap until the evening. So after a hard day at work, or a hectic day with the little ones, settle in with your DVR and a hot cup of comfort with this black <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Days-lives-soap-opera-mug-black/dp/B08NPSGC5L?tag=soaps0f6-20" target="_blank"><em>Days of Our Lives</em> logo mug</a>.</p>
<p>If your favorite couple is Ben and Ciara, or know someone who can’t get enough of them, these are the perfect <a href="https://www.cafepress.com/mf/113352306/so-cinful-days-of-our-lives-ci_pajamas" target="_blank"><em>Days of Our Lives</em> pajamas</a>! The black t-shirt clearly labeled ‘so cin-ful I can’t resist’ along with the black and white checkered lounge pants is the perfect way to ship Salem’s Cin.</p>
<p>If it’s Victor Kiriakis you root for then this <a href="https://www.cafepress.com/+_hat,485134039" target="_blank"><em>Days of Our Lives</em> hat</a>, which comes in different colors, will keep you warm — and send quite the message! And for those who still talk to you while you’re wearing it, well, let’s just say we warned you! </p>
<p>Whether it’s for your baby or maybe your grandbaby, it’s never too early to create a soap fan. Your youngster can wear the <a href="https://www.cafepress.com/mf/19779286/_bib" target="_blank"><em>Days of Our Lives</em> bib</a> while watching the goings-on in Salem with mom, dad, auntie, grandma or grandpa. Too cute! </p>
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