Episode #11236----It's Christmas Eve in Salem. Bo and Hope have agreed at Alice's urging to have the Horton Christmas at their house. Doug and Julie are the first to show up, and Bo tells Doug and Julie he knows what Alice is trying to do and it's not going to work. Meanwhile, Hope runs into Sami and gives her a bit of advice about Sydney. She urges her not to cave, and do what feels right to her. Hope wishes she had done that and paid the ransom. She expresses that Ciara's life will never be the same. Off of her conversation with Hope, Sami visits Nicole. She notes that Nicole has been having memories about what happened to her when Sydney was taken. Nicole reveals her latest memory, and explains she hasn't said anything to anyone else because it's too vague. Nicole swears she knows the voice of the woman that took Sydney, but can't place it. Meanwhile, the mystery woman is with Sydney, and might possibly be having second thoughts about what she's doing.
Stefano tries to offer an olive branch to EJ, but gets nowhere with him. Kate tries to cheer him up. Kate rallies Stefano and they spend a quiet, but pleasant Christmas Eve together.
At the same time, the Hortons are hanging their traditional ornaments on the tree. Julie and Maggie continue to press Bo and Hope to get back together until Doug loses it, and tells them to lay off. No one might like what's happening, but it is Bo and Hope's business and they support their choices. Later, Bo slips out, and Hope fights back tears.
Arianna goes to see Brady to give him a gift. She learns of his helping Nicole with an attorney and is surprised. Brady sets he tried to tell her, but she was busy with Gabi. Arianna, disappointed, leaves. Brady finds the small gift she left for him. He opens the box, and rushes out to find her. Meanwhile, Arianna confides in Rafe and he sticks up for Brady. Sami arrives at the pier for the candle light vigil and informs EJ and Rafe that Nicole seems to recognize the voice, but can't place her, and EJ thinks Nicole's blowing smoke. After all the family members arrive, the vigil begins and Sami and EJ make an appeal followed by a prayer from Abe. As the candles are lit, it appears the mystery woman has changed her mind, and bundles up Sydney. Will she deliver a Christmas miracle?
After a night of love and passion, Melanie happily accepts Philip's marriage proposal.
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