It’s a little busy at my house this weekend, so just a few quick notes.
I enjoyed taking a breather from the plot this week, and seeing the Hortons and the Bradys hanging out together as family. We focused on the Bradys for Thanksgiving, so it was only fair to focus on the Hortons for Christmas.
I enjoyed Doug’s speech to Abby and JJ, entrusting them with the Horton traditions and passing the torch.
Doug and Julie, of course, are our modern day Tom and Alice.
The hanging of the ornaments always makes me tear up. I always particularly like seeing the ornaments for characters that are off canvas — like Melanie!
Ha ha, just kidding. Apparently we will be seeing her again at some point, so maybe that’s why the camera focused on her ornament and held for a moment.
I barely remember Janice from the early 80’s, but I love seeing her ornament, along with Sarah, and of course, Tom and Alice:
I really enjoyed Casey Moss and Olivia Keegan’s rocking “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” at the end of the episode. We have so many singers on the show, and I’m glad the show is finding ways to work that in.
I liked the little moments that helped further the plot, as well. Belle and Chad sparring (and flirting). Abby confronting Chad. Theresa working on her dresses. Phillip trying to impress Victor with his business acumen, and getting outshined by Brady’s more sentimental gift. All good stuff.
Regarding Steve and Kayla, the bullet ring was a nice touch, though it stretches credulity that he would still have it after all these years. It sounds like something someone would come up with in a fanfic. 🙂 But it was nice how he wanted to remind her of how she didn’t give up on him, and she remembered it as a time she almost lost him. Of course, I was very happy to see her accept his proposal.
I am not too happy about their decision to forgive Ava, just because I know that she is up to no good. But I can’t say that it’s out of character, and I’m glad Kayla told Ava she was no pushover. And … confirmation that there is a baby involved:
Sigh. So the big question is this a baby from the 90’s (what we’re all crossing our fingers for) or from a more recent encounter? Argh! My theory, based on the fact that she’s looking at a picture of a baby tucked into an old book, is that this baby was born in the 90’s and then taken from her. She wants Steve’s help in tracking this baby down.
For more Steve and Kayla, in honor of Christmases past, you can read my recap of Christmas 1986 that featured another exchange of jewelry. Merry Christmas!