Christmas 1989

I am off on a road trip tomorrow, so this will be a quick post. Gotta love the holidays on Days:

(Sorry about the picture quality.)

I gotta say, the Santa sighting, plus the magical transformation of the lighthouse, exceeds the acceptable level of cheese for me. But then they distract me nicely with that honest-to-God, first-time-in-forever Steve and Kayla kiss. Whoo-hoo!

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10 thoughts on “Christmas 1989

  1. I much prefer the meeting with the Bradys that occurs right before the return to the lighthouse. Yes, it’s the reason Victor actually gets ahold of Kayla, but it does show a softer side to The Big Greek when he decides to delay his plans until after the holiday. Victor never was all bad, just mostly so. πŸ™‚

    By the way, what is it with those Johnson boys and their mates and Santa suits? Mr. and Mrs. Patchy Claus and Deveraux proposals alone keep the suit makers in business.

    As for the S&K kiss, I’m too busy performing the heimlich on myself (the cheese was choking me) to enjoy it properly. Magical decorations, perfectly timed snow, and Santa for real? Waaaaaaay too much. Call me an old Scrooge if you like, but that’s far beyond my threshold. Give me a Horton ornament hanging any day.

  2. I love the bit on the docks as well, particularly the touch of Victor holding off his devious plans until after Christmas.

    I’m not a fan of the “magical” Christmas aspect at all, but I admit that I can overlook all the cheese because of the “look” that Kayla gives just before the kiss and, of course, the kiss itself. It has just been way too long. So, they could have transformed the lighthouse into a spaceship that zoomed around the universe and I’d still have had a big smile on my face for that scene.

  3. Even that wouldn’t have stopped me from loving this scene. I’m telling you, that look and that kiss after all the angst and pain makes everything else that happens irrelevant.

    Plus, the fact that they talk about hanging the ornament with “Baby’s first Christmas” on it next Christmas never fails to put a lump in my throat, knowing there is no next Christmas for them.

  4. Awww … now you’ve got me misty. It gets to me how things wound up turning out for them. They finally wind up building this happy life together by working out their problems and *BAM!*, it’s all ripped away by an act of violence not even directed at them. It’s so characteristic of their story, though. Appreciate the happy times, because they’re few and far between.

    *Sniffle!* I guess we may not agree on the cheese’s deterrent factor, but we’ll always be united in S&K love! πŸ™‚

  5. The magical Christmas display freaks me out a little.

    >They finally wind up building this happy life together by working out their problems and *BAM!*, it’s all ripped away by an act of violence not even directed at them. It’s so characteristic of their story, though.

    And it goes back to Steve’s conviction that he’s not supposed to have that kind of life. I sort of love that, even though it’s too sad.

  6. I’m back, everybody!

    lska, I’m fascinated by your comment that Steve’s death is consistent with Steve’s conviction that he’s not supposed to have that kind of life. It does seem fitting in a way, though (as you say) it’s almost too sad. Looking at it from that angle, I think, might help temper some of the overdomestication issues of the Steve and Kayla story. Hm. Just something to think about as I watch going forward.

    Back to this scene—esp, you’re right about the look Kayla gives Steve. We haven’t seen that look for awhile and it’s part of what makes me like this scene in spite of the insanely high level of cheese.

    And I too love seeing Victor’s soft side with all this.

  7. Welcome back, MP!

    The foreshadowing of sadness over Steve’s death and whether he is supposed to have a happy life always makes me think about his immortal dying words to Kayla: “Thank you for . . . my life.”

    It summed up so much about their relationship. Ah, well, at least they had Christmas! (and baby Steph. to come!) But I know we’ll get to that later.

    Again, welcome back!

  8. Yes, welcome back!

    >Looking at it from that angle, I think, might help temper some of the overdomestication issues of the Steve and Kayla story. Hm. Just something to think about as I watch going forward.

    I could see that. I also like to think of the possibilities for the return story. A Steve with his memory, who had long since reframed the few years he spent with Kayla in that context as not really meant to be… I could’ve gotten behind that. *g*

  9. Thank you, Melaraus and lska, for the welcome back!

    lska, you’re torturing me again with what their return story could have been. Sigh.

    I have to say that watching this part—with Steve talking about being a father and knowing he’s going to miss just about all of it—would be a lot harder if I didn’t know that he was somewhere in Salem getting to do all that with little Joe. It’s a comforting thought.

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