The Sound of Music
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It's Christmas Eve in Salem. The Hortons celebrate their first Christmas without Alice and Mickey. Jennifer, Maggie, Julie, and Doug do what they can to keep the Christmas spirit alive for Ciara, who misses her parents. Nathan and Stephanie show up and announce their impending move to Baltimore. Abe and Lexie make an appearance with Theo, who cheers up Ciara. Julie suggests Maggie date Victor, and Maggie balks at the idea. Julie tells her that Mickey wouldn't want her to be lonely. The Hortons hang their Christmas ornaments. Jennifer misses Jack and her kids, who couldn't make it. Later, everyone discusses Bo and Hope's disappearance. Nicole and Brady share a stolen moment, but the two are worried about Vivian and their future together. Victor has it out with Vivian, telling her she'll be all by her lonesome on Christmas. Kate arrives, and she and Vivian have words. Later, Brady gets drunk with Victor and Kate. Santa Rafe delivers a gift to Johnny while EJ is relieved to learn from Lexie that Johnny can go home. Sami speaks with Stephanie about Johnny being released and shares the new with Will and Gabi. After a brief run-in with Kate, EJ takes his son home, and Kate has a tense cross with Stefano. Later, Nicole proves her value in EJ and Stefano's eyes in helping Johnny transition to life without Sami. Meanwhile, Rafe tries to make Christmas special for Sami. They work on establishing new traditions. They both have a surprise gift for each other and it ends up being the same thing - keys from the safe house. It was where they fell in love and the two reminisce. Gabi and Will draw closer. At the DiMera mansion, Stefano tries to connect with Chad to no avail. Having slipped out of Christmas Eve Mass, Sami shows up and watches Johnny and Sydney through the window of the DiMera mansion, missing her children desperately.