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Episode # 286: Christmas at the Hortons 1966 Just Posted!

46 Years Ago: Episode # 286: December 21, 1966

Tom: For all the years, a family, a home, and your love. Thank you, darling—and –Merry Christmas—1966.
Alice: Thank you, Tom—and—Merry Christmas—1966.

To read all about the first Horton ornament ceremony (albeit missing one very important detail that year...the names!) and see how the Hortons celebrated Christmas 1966, please visit http://www.jason47.com

Jason47's Days of Christmas Past Celebrates the Birth of The Horton Christmas Ornaments: December 20, 1966!

Jason47 celebrates the 46th anniversary of the first time the Horton ornaments were seen and first placed on the Christmas tree!

Episode # 285 aired exactly 46 years ago today, on December 20, 1966. This episode introduced the Horton ornaments, which were made by Tom's mother just before she passed away.

Also, find out about another Christmas tradition which has now been lost to the ages: the Horton Christmas cookies!

Plus, be sure to check back on Friday, December 21 when episode # 286 is posted on the 46th anniversary of its airing. Julie is getting ready to leave for Paris and Bill is getting ready to leave for Baltimore, but all the Hortons show up to participate in a now-beloved tradition: the first-ever hanging of the Horton Christmas ornaments!!

And, be sure to watch Jason47's Christmas Clip of the Week, this one from December 25, 1991, as "Days" ends it episode with Christmas wishes from Tom and Alice Horton!

All that and more at http://www.jason47.com

Now Available: Jason47's Days of Christmas Past: 1969 Edition!

See how Salem celebrated Christmas 1969...in a very somber way.

Kitty Horton has recently died, and Bill Horton is out on bail, the main suspect in her murder.

Mickey spends Christmas with Michael, still unaware that he is not Mike's father.

Laura makes an early mention of her mother being at a sanitarium.

See the first in-depth look at Janene Whitney, a character who would eventually be played by future "Knots Landing" star Joan Van Ark.

Also, since the 1968 edition, Janet Banning has passed away, and Julie has been reunited with her son, and has renamed him David (in honor of his late dad, David Martin).

Plus, see some of the work of the other early "Days" writers, with Bill Bell assigning these scripts to Pat Falken Smith and the husband & wife duo of Theodore & Mathilde Ferro.

And, Alice says this ironic line: "You’re all my children." (All My Children would make its debut a few weeks later in January 1970).

All that and more at http://www.jason47.com


An interesting development in the research of the early "Days" Christmases...

Until tonight, it was thought that 1971 was the first time the hanging of the Horton ornaments was ever shown on-screen. 1965 did not have any ornaments, and the ornaments were seen on the tree (but not shown being hung) in 1967, 1968, 1969 or 1970. With 1966 research now just in, the debut of the Horton ornament ceremony actually took place in 1966 (and then took a 5-year break until 1971)!! Later this week, just in time for the 46th anniversary of this very special episode, the first Horton ornament ceremony from 1966 will be posted!!
Edited by Jason47, Dec 21 2012, 10:40 PM.
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