Maggie's happy to see Parker run through the Kiriakis home. Victor's upset that Brady is gone but is happy she's there and kisses her. Maggie gives Daniel the box he requested.
Days Recap: Friends, Family, Forgiveness.
Ornaments are hung at the Horton's, Parker spends Christmas with Daniel, and Anne is set on having fun at the hospital party.
In the square, Kate wishes Willie a Merry Christmas and hangs up. Lucas overhears her say, "Goodbye and good riddance," and recognizes Nick's infamous flash drive that she's pulled from her purse. In the scheme of things Lucas doesn't think what happened is life or death.
At the apartment, Gabi's worried when she sees the Santa photo Lucas sent. Adrienne arrives with regrets that Justin is stuck in Denver but brings all of Arianna's gifts he bought to spoil his 'first girl'. She asks Gabi if she's at peace with her decision to stay in Salem. Gabi couldn't leave what she has here but agrees it was upsetting that Nick wanted to join her. Adrienne looks perplexed when Gabi responds how she doesn't have to worry now because he's gone.
At the Brady Pub, Eric admits he didn't want to make a scene at St. Luke's when Sami conveys he was missed at mass. Nicole brings gifts for the kids and argues how she was just trying to help Eric when Sami admits knowing Eric went to mass with her. Sami thanks Nicole and Eric follows her out when she leaves. Nearby, Kayla has her reservations that Theresa is turning her life around like Caroline thinks while Sami explains to Roman that Eric went to mass with Nicole when he finds her watching them outside. Roman thinks the Lord works in mysterious ways. Outside, Eric invites Nicole to stay but she has plans which he assumes are with Daniel. He rejoins Sami and wonders if EJ isn't there because of him. Sami can't tell him what's going on and gets distracted when Caroline asks Eric to fix something Nick used to fix for her.
At the Horton's, Julie shares her concern over Bo not being there. Hope and Ciara arrive. Julie mentions that Michael has a palm tree to remind him of home no matter where he is. Ciara takes an ornament when no one is looking. She interrupts Hope telling Doug that Bo isn't home and says, "Daddy is here," before presenting his ornament for them to hang. Hope hangs it next to Ciara's and the rest of the family follows suit. Will announces to Arianna that she's official and hangs her ornament. After, Ciara confronts Ali about blabbing her secret about the earring and doesn't accept her apology. Julie realizes they forgot to hang Nick's ornament. Lucas agrees that is weird as she promises Nick's got another thing coming if he thinks he's going to just drop off the face of the earth. Gabi and Kate fill Sami in when she arrives.
At home, Daniel and Parker make a gift before their video chat with Chloe. Nicole admits she has no plans and helps them hang their Horton ornaments that Maggie obtained for Daniel on the tree. She's moved when Parker gives her an ornament with her name. Later, Parker sleeps in her lap as Daniel reflects that the holidays turned out better than he thought.
Back at the Brady Pub, Caroline talks Theresa into going to the Horton's after Eric reminds them about friends, family and forgiveness being what the holidays are all about. Victor comes in and privately apologizes to Eric. He appreciates it and wishes Victor a Merry Christmas.
Anne passes out Christmas hats and promises a party full of surprises at the hospital. Maxine's tired of Anne when she hears her say the party will be 'fun if it kills us' and rips Anne's 'ridiculous' hat from her head. Later, Anne's pleased when Jenn arrives worked up over a missing food bank delivery. Julie needs Jenn's Christmas list for the kids when Jenn disappears and Kayla's confused since she has confirmation of the delivery. During the distraction Anne sits down to read The Christmas Story dressed as an elf. Doug, dressed as Santa, interrupts and invites Abby to read. Jenn returns and Anne frowns as everyone sings a carol.
Later at the Horton's, JJ's surprised to see Theresa and asks, "What the hell are you doing here?" She reminds him to do everything she says or he'll have trouble. Hope's not certain what to think of the exchange. Abby thinks Jenn is a much better person than she is to invite Theresa. She noticed Daniel's ornament wasn't on the tree and Jenn admits they are all moving on. JJ looks on, upset. Kate and Sami try to calm Gabi's nerves while Julie asks Lucas, Will and Sonny what Kate and Sami are bonding over. Maggie thanks Jenn for being a wonderful steward of the family home and sends a message of hope for the holidays.
Salem Spoilers for the next Days of our Lives:
Rafe sends a surprise Christmas gift to Jordan.
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