Classic Christmas Dvd #1 1979-1983 - 4 Hrs

  • 12/79 Christmas episode :44 mins complete re-aired on soapnet
  • 12/80 partial Christmas episode :30 mins
  • 12/24/81
  • 12/24/82
  • 12/27/82
  • 12/27/83 Christmas episode :42 min

GH Classic Christmas DVD #2: 1984-1987 4 hours

  • 12/24/84 :17 mins edited
  • 12/25/84
  • 12/24/85 :06 mins edited
  • 12/25/85
  • 12/25/86
  • 12/26/86
  • 12/24/87
  • Note: No Christmas episode aired in 1988

GH Classic Christmas Dvd #3: 1989 - 1992

  • 12/22/89
  • 12/24/90
  • 12/23/91
  • 12/24/91
  • 12/24/92

GH Classic Christmas Dvd #4: 1993-1998

  • 12/24/93
  • 12/23/94
  • 12/22/95
  • 12/24/96
  • 12/24/97
  • 12/24/98

GH Classic Christmas Dvd #5: 1999-2003

  • 12/24/99
  • 12/26/00 
  • 12/24/01
  • 12/24/02
  • 12/23/03
  • 12/24/03 Luke's Scrooge Episode

GH Christmas Dvd #6: 2004-2008

  • 12/24/04
  • 12/22/05
  • 12/23/05
  • 12/22/06
  • 12/24/07 Luke sings “My Way” during operation on Christmas Eve
  • 12/23/08 Spinelli helps Santa, Robert & Anna home for Christmas

GH Christmas Dvd #7: 2009-2014

  • 12/23/09
  • 12/22/10
  • 12/23/11
  • 12/26/12 (aired a day late due to pre-emption earlier in the month)
  • 12/26/13 (aired a day late due to pre-emption earlier in the month)
  • 12/24/14 GH Christmas Party

Expanded Christmas Episode Descriptions

Classic Christmas Dvd #1: 1979-1983 4 Hrs

12/79 Christmas episode :44 mins complete re-aired on soapnet

It's Christmas morning. Laura & Scotty smooch. Bobbie gives Ruby a dress for Christmas. The Webber's give Heather's mom a coat. At the Hardy's, Audrey congratulates Anne on the ring from Joe. Later Richard Dean apologizes to Anne hoping she wasn't offended when he kissed her under the mistletoe. Rick & Leslie agree to put aside their problems to make this a happy Christmas for their family. Laura and Scotty show up at the Webber's and announce that they made love last night and are back together! Luke gives Bobbie and Ruby a mink coat each. Bobbie is upset with the idea that Luke is profiting from Roy's death. Luke blows up at her, she apologizes. She tells him sometimes she doesn't feel like leaving. He tells her to knock it off and start living for the future. She doesn't want to forget Roy. He tells her she is wasting time holding onto the past, that she will make herself miserable. Bobbie agrees if Luke will forget about Laura, Bobbie assures him Laura is not as good and pure as Luke thinks.  Luke encourages Bobbie and Ruby to get out, go to the ball, do some of the things the other ladies in PC do as they are just as good as anyone and they deserve it. Ruby asks Luke if he is involved with the Baldwin girl. She tells him that she will destroy any man she gets involved with and urges Luke to stay away from her.

Over at the Webbers, Laura happily announces she made love to Scotty for the first time since the rape. Laura is asking Leslie what is wrong. Laura senses something is different since Leslie delivered Monica's baby. Leslie promises to tell her after the holidays. Leslie reassures Laura that she is her daughter that she loves her very much and Amy will never take her place as Amy listens in. Scotty tells Rick that he and Laura made love. Rick lets him know that he and Leslie are separating after the holidays. Luke tells Ruby that he can't get Laura out of his mind, that he can't go out with any other woman without constantly thinking about Laura. He says Laura is special, that when she falls in love it is for good. That is isn't just she is classy but she is so good and has a purity that he has never met anyone like her. Ruby tells him she is worried about him, after all Laura is a married woman. He tells her not to worry that he is the original survivor. Bobbie waltzes in saying she has a Christmas present for Luke - having just returned from GH.  Luke gets his hopes up and Bobbie cruelly says that Laura and Scotty have reunited as man and wife.

12/80 Partial Christmas episode :30 mins

12/24/81 Rick and Lesley waking up the morning after their wedding. Robert and Luke plan a sting operation on the liqour company that threatened them. Laura has Joe go over her commercial contract. Tiffany is not speaking to Laura. Luke and Laura discuss their problems. Luke and Laura exchange gifts under the Christmas tree. Luke gives her the red dress she wore the night they were at Wyndam's. Noah and Bobbie bury the hatchet before she leaves for NY. Robert and Tiff, Luke and Laura celebrate their friendship and wish each other a happy new Year. Later, everyone gathers at Kelly's for a party and Rick and Lesley are out Christmas caroling. Joe tells Rick and Lesley that if the court finds out that Mikey's natural mother is deceased, they are free to adopt him. Later at the waterfront clinic, everyone sings Silent Night. Laura is still creeped out by the mysterious man with xray eyes.

12/24/82Luke, Holly, Robert and Jackie at the STAR. They worry about the DA decision today. Blackie, Lesley and Rick head to GH with presents. CHarles wrote a letter before he died absolving Holly of all blame in the oil scam. The Judge gets the letter. Jesse, Amy and Monica at GH discuss the Christmas festivities. Alan gives Monica a diamond necklace. Lee, Holly and LUke in the Judges chamber. The Judge grants that Holly is free based on the letter written by her father before he died. Rose and Mark kiss. Annual kids parade in the Hospital. Dan is dressed as Santa. Steve reads the annual Christmas story with the kids.


Alan and AJ beside the Quartermaine tree. Robert and Jackie snuggling in bed. Mayor offers Robert job as police commish. Percy tells the Governor that Charles and Basil were totally behind the scam without his knowledge. Luke has offer to by the STAR. Nanny visits Holly: She says that Percy wants to see her. Alan visits Susan she is getting better. Susan in love with Scotty though Scotty not really in love with her. Holly left for BC and leaves note for Luke. Luke tries to follow but bad weather grounds all flights.

12/27/83 Christmas episode :42 mins

Luke & Laura's Last Day and they wake up together in bed at Beecher's Corners. Christmas morning at the Q's with Alan by the tree with AJ playing with the electric train. Blackie and Lou help hand decorations at GH, as Audrey, Gail, and Bobbie pitch in. Jimmy Lee stops by while Celia is alone and ask again for her to forgive him and asks her to come back to work for him. She refuses as he always apologizes but it is always something else. Later in a classic Gift of the Magi story, Grant gives Celia her presents. They are beautiful art brushes which she can't use as she sold all of her art supplies. She asks Grant to open his gift, which is the ski trip but he sold his skis to pay for the art brushes. He tells her he will be difficult to rent skis at the last minute. Lila is touched by their love and even Edward is touched by their sacrifices. Lila tells him she has an idea! Rick & Leslie meet Luke and Laura at Beecher's corners, wondering what news they have to tell him. Luke & Laura tell Rick & Leslie they are leaving to travel and they say their tearful goodbyes. Luke & Laura return to the mansion to gather their things and say goodbye to the mansion. Luke & Laura stop by GH and listen to Dr. Hardy tell the children at the hospital the Christmas story, one last time. Luke & Laura sneak away and walk out of the hospital to begin their new life together. 

Classic Christmas DVD #2: 1984-1987 4 hours

12/24/84 :06 mins edited
CHRISTMAS EVE, Alan is busy setting up the train around the Christmas tree. Edward wants to Holly interrupts Sean and Robert, sprinkling tinsel on Sean’s head, and gets them to stop talking shop and come admire her Christmas decorations. Sean kisses Holly as she stands under the mistletoe. After he leaves, Holly laughs that it is fun having him here. Robert is glad she likes him and promises that it will be a great Christmas. Frisco calls the Scorpios; he has a plan to surprise Felicia and needs their help. Felicia laments to Tony about not being home for the holidays, as this is the first time she hasn’t spent Christmas with her grandmother at the Hacienda in Texas. Tony and Josh take her caroling to the Scorpios. SURPRISE! Mariah is there, that is her Christmas present from Frisco. (note Frisco is played by Kevin Bernhardt, he later played “Kevin O’Connor”).

12/25/84 :06 mins edited
CHRISTMAS DAY  At GH, Mr. Oakes is alive after two surgeries. Rick and Bobbie reassure Mrs. Oakes. At the Cottage, Brock is upset that Bobbie did not come home for Christmas. Teri tries to defend her, but he takes off. He goes to the hospital, where he ends up talking to Mrs. Oakes. She tells him about the dedicated doctor and nurse who stayed with her husband. She learns that Bobbie is Brocks wife: "He must be terribly proud of her." Brock offers to take Mrs. Oakes children to the Christmas party. He then buys gifts for them. He is also very nice to Bobbie. The kids then parade through the hospital to the boardroom where Steve tells the Christmas story. Rick calls Ginny and Mike. They are in Canada and miss him, but he will be able to come up in two days. Ginny has a lump in her throat as she talks to Rick. They are both close to tears as they miss each other for the holidays. At the Scorpios, Felicia tells Mariah that Sean has given her the painting. Mariah disapproves. Holly is making sage stuffing for the goose and Sean shows up bearing gifts, including a pinata, which Felicia later smashes. Holly's Christmas present arrives from Mexico, a silver tea set. Tania and Tony, Grant and Celia come by, while Frisco and Felicia sneak off to have some time alone. (note Frisco is played by Kevin Bernhardt, he later played “Kevin O’Connor”).

12/24/85 :06 mins edited
To break the bad mood looming around the Brownstone (after a dead body was found earlier in the week), Jake installs the Christmas tree and everyone sings Christmas Carols. Robin and Anna at the Penthouse, Robin receives a phone call from her father from Australia (Robert is not seen nor heard). Buzz helps Anna and Robin with their tree.

12/25/85 Christmas Day in PC. Monica brings Sean a Christmas present. Frisco gives Felicia a new sexy nightgown. Robin, Anna and Filomena around the tree. The Q's also celebrating, but Alan is concerned because Monica is nowhere to be seen. She's in Sean's hospital room. The Webber house is also brimming with Christmas cheer. Buzz stops by for gifts for Jimmy Lee and Celia. Brian and Claudia bring the twins by at the Hospital. Everyone attends the annual Christmas party and Steve reads the story of baby Jesus with Robin sitting on his lap. Later, Sean drags Monica into the linen closet and kisses her passionately under the mistletoe. The Q's arrive with good cheer at the cottage with Jimmy Lee and Celia. Robert's present arrives from Australia for Robin, it is a stuffed Koala bear.

12/25/86 Missing audio for a couple of seconds in a scene between Duke and Anna about midway through the episode - It is Christmas Eve in Port Charles, Anna visits Duke at General Hospital to see that he is progressing very well on his walker and is getting closer to a full and complete recovery from his temporary paralysis. Alan tells Monica that he is going to Pawtuk to spend Christmas with Charity, but it is a shock to Alan when Jimmy Lee and Charity show up at the Quartermaine mansion to inform him that they have both gotten married. Robert calls Holly and wishes her a Merry Christmas and  tells her that he misses her and will be home soon. Felicia and Tania discuss how it is their first Christmas together as a real family.  At Tony and Tania's home, Frisco, Felicia, Patrick, Amy, Dan, Ruby, Bobbie, Jake, Yank and Jade celebrate the holiday.  At Anna's, Robert, Robin, Sean, Sandy, Buzz and Tiffany enjoy the day.

12/26/86 It is Christmas morning in Port Charles. When Felicia awakens, Frisco surprises her with a fully decorated tree to celebrate the holiday. Jake tells Duke that he cannot get a lighter sentence, unless he turns state's evidence against the mob but Duke refuses to; he will not put Anna and Robin's lives at risk of mob retaliation. He is willing to keep his mouth shut about the organization and suffer a long jail sentence. Duke doesn't want to talk about his decision when Robert, Robin and Anna visit him,  he just  wants to enjoy the day. Duke informs Anna that he has bought a house in Scotland for them to live in one day. At the annual Christmas party at General Hospital, Steve tells Robin and other children the story of the first Christmas. Lucy tells her publisher that she has found Ted Holmes' real killer, it is someone who has no alibi, Buzz.

12/24/87 Note: Episode is glitchy for the first 5 minutes. Christmas Eve in PC. Edward is being frugal due to the Q’s money problems. The state police commissioner offers Robert his old job back as the police commissioner. Robert wants time to think it over. Duke invites the all alone Cheryl to his house for Christmas dinner. Jake learns that the adoption board has turned down him and Bobbie due to her scandal in Miami. Alan and Monica agree not to fight over Christmas for the boys. Sean, Tiffany, Robert and Autumn join the Lavery’s for Christmas. Robert opens Grant’s letter with the mysterious phrase “the snowman watches everything you do”. Tony gives Lucy a ring. Robin and Autumn’s Christmas gifts make Robert think of Holly. Steve reads the Christmas story for the children at GH.

Note: No Christmas episode aired in 1988

Classic Christmas Dvd #3: 1989-1992

12/22/89 Julian brings presents to Anna and Robin. Robin invites him to the Christmas eve party Anna is throwing. Frisco and Felicia tells Robert about their lead on Colton.  Colton gets Olivia to a doctor but she needs a hospital. Tony dresses up at Santa. Lucy gets a present from Alan at GH but he blows her off for Christmas. Katherine and Robert visits Iona after her surgery. The children's Christmas party at GH. Tom shows up at Simone's moms. Simone drops the bomb on him that Harrison could be the baby's father. They argue and he storms out. Steve reads the Christmas story. Colton brings Olivia to GH. Anna's Christmas eve party. Frisco gives Felicia a ring for Christmas. Duke calls Anna but Julian answers.


12/24/90 Decker goes all out on Christmas this year with his good fortune. BJ gives Frisco a Christmas card she made. Colton thinks Decker has gone overboard. Dawn is sad she has to spend Christmas in the hospital. GH Christmas Party. Frisco invites Rita back to the brownstone after the party. Tony dresses up as Santa. Colton’s business woos at Body Heat dampen his holiday. Steve reads the Christmas Story. Charlene wonders if Dawn can find it in her heart to forgive Decker. Bobbie tries to get Tony to not put in extra time on the Willow Shores case. Carla and Colton get engaged. Tony gives Bobbie her present. Frisco gives Maxie her first Christmas ornament. Frisco opens BJ’s Christmas card and it contains Bobbie’s earring and note to Tony. Alan and Monica set up Christmas for Dawn in her hospital room. Dawn gets a present from Decker.

12/23/91 (Fake Anna in this episode) Bill and Julia are discussing the holidays. Charlie goes to see Mac. She says she is sad that Mac is pining away for a girl who will never be able to have a relationship with him. Robert tells Anna that Faison is no longer in Yemen. Robin says she is going to the mall to get Robert a present. She says she will take a guard.  Robert says he doesn't want anything from her. Just for them all to be together. Simone and Bobbie talk about taking a family in for Christmas Eve. Tony comes in and can't find the Santa Claus outfit. Sean tells Robert that Connor told him El Patron was his father. Sean admits to Robert that he was El Patron. He says EL Patron was a hero, and many women could say that they had an affair with him. Sean said there was a woman he fell in love with down there, but they never told each other their real names.  He wants to see a picture of Connor's mother. Sean tells Robert that he did some things as El Patron that could still have major consequences even now.

The Qs are in their living room and Ned is bringing in gifts. He says they are all for Jenny. Tracy rolls her eyes and says he never bought her that many gifts. He says she didn't need anything. Tracy agrees and says Jenny is needy. Alan is setting up the trains. He asks AJ to help. Jason comes in from skiing. They all treat him like the golden boy and AJ like the outsider.

Jenny is at Bill's. She says Bill seems very edgy. She tells him to get in the Christmas spirit for Sly. Jenny says she is going to the Qs first, then to Bobbie's later. Julia is all alone for Christmas. Mac arrives at the hospital. He wants to apologize to Charlotte again. Julia sets up a little Christmas scene in her room. She calls Brenda (this is the first mention of Brenda I believe). Anna fills Mac in about Faison. He tells Anna Dominique has been released from Shadowbrook and hasn't called him.  Robert and Sean come in and they announce Faison is in Bolivia. Robin answers the door.  There is another package there.

The Qs are setting up the train around the Christmas tree. Jason is filling them in on his year abroad and how he earned money and stayed in youth hostels.  The Qs are all impressed, except for Tracy who turns her nose up at it and AJ who is resentful of the new Golden Boy home. Jenny comes in to spend Christmas with the Qs. Tracy tells Ned he should go to the Jones' to see how the other half lives.  Alan and Monica leave for the hospital to show off Jason. They make AJ come. 

Julia comes to Bill's to bring Sly a gift. Bill calls Julia in her hotel room.  He hangs up on her.  She thinks it is Brenda returning her call.  The hospital is having their Christmas party. The Qs arrive and there is a crisis as they can't find the Santa suit. The Scorpios are having their Christmas Eve party. Anna looks at her gift under the tree that was delivered and she hears that it is ticking. She runs off to diffuse it and figures out it was an antique clock that was a gift from Robert. Dominique shows up at the Scorpio house. Mac is so thrilled. Bill shows up at Julia's hotel room and gives her a gift. He invites her to Bobbie's house. She says yes. Robin is dressed in her elf costume for the hospital Christmas party.

12/24/91 Fake Anna in this episode. Tony visits Amy dressed up as Santa. Bobbie brings BJ to the Christmas party. Connor sings. The Qs are there. Robin is worried her parents won't show up. Mac and Dominique reunite. She tells him about all the changes she is making in her life. He is amazed how strong she is.  The doorbells rings. There is a delivery for Anna. Mac tells him to put it under the tree.  Robert and Anna have gone to pick up Robin's presents. 

Tiffany covers the hospital party and the homeless project for her television station.  Scott and Lucy show up with gifts for the homeless kids who are coming to the party.  Lucy asks why they are at the stupid hospital party when the hospital fired him. Lucy is upset she was not invited to Bobbie's party.  She tells Scotty she doesn't want to be alone for Christmas.  Bill, Sly and Julia show up at the party.

Robert and Anna show up at Sean's with Robin's new bike and ask if he can keep it there til tomorrow. They tell him Dominique has shown back up. Mac brings Dominique to the hospital party. The hospital parade continues.  Mac tells Robert a delivery came to the house. Anna tries to get it out of Robert what her gift is. Steve tells the Christmas story.  Lucy convinces Scott it is time to leave.  Bobbie walks up and Lucy tells her she is not in the mood. Bobbie invites Lucy to join them and put aside their differences for one night. Lucy turns her down.  Scott tells her to shut up. Robert and Anna talks about how much Robin has grown up.  Dominique and Mac almost kiss, and Charlotte shows up. Dominique tells Charlie she knows why she told her not to come to see Mac. She figures out Charlie's game. 

The Qs are back home and the two homeless families come in. Edward welcomes them. Alan introduces them to Tracy, Paul, his sons, etc.  Ned gives Jenny a ring while Paul looks on longingly. Dominique tells Charlie that she is moving back into her apartment over the Outback.  Dominique tells Charlie to find another place to live.  The Qs are in their living room again. Lila tells the families about how each ornament is special.  Tracy says they are from all Lila's trips around the world. They all comment on how nice it is to have Edward back. Jenny wants to leave to go to the Brownstone. Ned tries to get her to stay, but Jenny insists they have to leave. Scott and Lucy show up at the Brownstone. Lucy is not happy to see Scott. They all make peace and be pleasant and civil for one night. Sean gives Tiffany a necklace at the Scorpio party. Anna wants to open her gift now. It is a jade statue.  Back at the Brownstone, Scott gives Lucy an antique perfume bottle for her new perfume. She is happy he is backing her in spirit. They kiss. Ned and Jenny show up. It starts showing. At the Scorpios, Connor plays the guitar and sings.

12/24/92 The Quartermaines are all in a foul moods on Christmas. Jenny brings presents to the mansion. Tiffany decides that she and Lucas will not be going to the GH Christmas party. Sean knows that Tiffany is trying to keep Lucas away from Bobbie and Tony. Mac wants Felicia to go to the cabin and re-search it. Ned accuses Jenny of trying to buy sympathy from his family. The GH Christmas Party gets another way. Jenny tells Julia she is trying with Ned but he will have none of it. Tiffany and Sean bring Lucas to GH. Paul sees Dillon but tells Tracy he is not staying for Xmas morning. An apologetic Alan and AJ have a frank talk. Steve reads the Christmas story and Tony makes his appearance as Santa. Ryan shows up with presents for all the kids and tries to give Maxie a gift. Monica and Karen agree that the reason Nikki left will be kept between them. Reginald gives Tracy a bell as a Xmas gift. Edward tells Tracy he knows she is hurting and she cries on his shoulder. Bobbie invites Tiffany and Lucas back to the brownstone but Tiffany declines. But Sean insists they stop by. Paul makes Jenny Christmas eve dinner. Jenny gets served with divorce papers. Bobbie gives Lucas his Christmas present and Bobbie and Tiffany manage to get along. Ned joins Julia back at her hotel suite. Episode ends with an Christmas montage.

GH Christmas Dvd #4: 1993-1998

12/24/93 Mac has proof for Katherine that she was indeed Dominique's sister. Katherine learns Scott was kidnapped. Laura, Lucky, and Sly help decorate GH for the children's Christmas mas party. Luke and Sonny appoint Marco the one that will navigate the lifeboat by himself to meet Frank's shooter Ivan. Steve reads the Christmas story. Katherine wants details from Lucy about Scott's kidnapping and why he left the country. Ryan tells Kevin about his dreams. Kevin accuses him of manufacturing memories. Ryan and Kevin learn they have matching scars. Mac and Felicia exchange X-mas gifts. Mac and Felicia set a wedding date. Marco returns to shore with Ivan. Ryan learns that Felicia is engaged to Mac. After talking to Lucy, Damian learns that she has Scott's ELQ stock. When the guard returns to get Ryan after his session with Kevin, he lies to him claiming he is Kevin and Ryan just walked out of here. The Q's celebrate Xmas. Scott calls Lucy for Xmas. Luke is back in time to put the angel on top the tree of the Spencer tree.

12/23/94 Brenda tells Lois about the annual hospital Christmas party and tries to convince Lois to attend. Ned arrives to apologize again for missing the concert. Lois gives him the razor-treatment and abruptly splits with Brenda for GH.

Tony agonizes over his annual role as Santa thinking about BJ. Alan offers to do it, but he says no.

At the party, Lucy, dressed in a red velvet-like outfit, buttonholes Kevin who says he has a present for her. In Katherine's apartment, Damian and Katy prepare to attend the GH party. After they leave, AJ breaks in and plants a jewelry box with pills in it. Lucy searches Kevin's clothes for the hidden present, but Kevin says he was joking and gives her a gold pin shaped like a duck. He explains that in Chinese mythology the duck is good luck. She says she loves it because, "Doc, you could have given me a Christmas goose." "That comes later," he retorts. "Good," she replies flirtingly. More bantering among all the familiar PC denizens, then some time killing caroling.

The staff and children gather for Steve Hardy's telling of the Christmas Story. After the story, Santa/Tony arrives, but Damian interrupts to give Steve a large donation to the hospital fund. Lila shows up and invites half of Port Charles to the mansion for some holiday cheer. Lois argues with Sonny and Brenda about their acceptance of Lila's offer to go to the Q's. Alan and the boys argue over the electric train setup.

Damian and Katherine gloat over their GH appearance. The camera pans over the planted jewelry box as Kat professes joy at being free of the Quartermains.

Miguel gives Lily an engagement ring and kisses her.

Luke and Laura decorate their tree and discuss recent PC goings on. Lucky and Foster arrive.

Keesha and Justus arrive at the Q's. Justus discusses the incinerator with Ned and Edward until Lila intervenes. Soon, Lois, Brenda, and Sonny arrive. Ned tries to talk to Lois, but Sonny blocks him. They exchange words about his L&B commitment. Finally, he corners Lois and tries to apologize and give her a gift. She tells him loudly that she doesn't want his gift. As everyone watches, she tears into him about his screwups, he counters that he loves her, and that's all that matters. Eventually, she walks out, leaving him to stare forlornly out the window after her. When she returns to the gatehouse, she opens the gift, a beautiful jewel pendant which Ned had said matches her eyes and stares at it tearfully.

Laura opens their Christmas tree angel, and Luke places at the top of the tree. The four of them stand picturesquely in front of the tree.

12/22/95 The Q's admire their Christmas tree and head for the GH party.

At GH, Kevin and Lucy smooch up a storm until Bobbie interrupts, and she and Lucy exchange a few unseasonable greetings. After Bobbie leaves, Kevin surprises Lucy with a present of a trip to "Duckling Island."

Monica tells Alan she wants them back together, but it won't come soon or easily. Alan agrees to be patient.

Sonny questions Mike's eclectic decor choices, especially that of a clothes tree made from the felled limb of a real tree. When Mike tries to explain his theory of clothes, Sonny comments that he can call it what he will, but Mike is just a slob.

Back at GH, Alan and Tom argue over who will sit in for the ailing Steve Hardy who can't be there and tell the Christmas story. Eventually, Tom pleads that he needs to do it, so Alan relents. Robin and Mac reminisce about Stone. Everyone carols and gathers around for Tom's version of the Christmas Story. After Tom's story, Damian steps up and makes a public self-serving speech while presenting his annual contribution to GH. When Lucy buttonholes him to criticize his self-aggrandizing, Damian takes the opportunity to taunt Kevin who makes a move to mix it up with him; however, Alan intervenes and asks Damian to leave.

Sonny comes to see Rivera and tells him he made a decision. He says he will accept the deal and marry Lily. Brenda visits Mike to talk about Sonny.

Emily, and the Q-men argue about the electric train. Alan is a holdout for the traditional circle around the tree, but Emily demonstrating her developing talent for male manipulation begs Alan for a larger run. Eventually, he agrees to everyone's delight.

Brenda questions Mike about where Sonny got the bail money. She insists he loves her but something is wrong. Sonny goes to see Lily. He tells her they will be good together, and she replies that she will see to it. He suggests they take a low profile until the grand jury meets, and she agrees.

Mac, having found Kevin's travel brochure accidentally [not knowing whose it was], suggests to Katherine to go there to be safe, and he would visit her. He says it's only two hours from PC.

A forlorn Lois talks to Ned by phone. She says the airport is closed so she can't make it back, and he can't fly in. She asks for him to sing her a song, so to pictures of the various PC denizens enjoying Christmas, Ned warbles "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas."

12/24/96 Bobbie and Lucas arrive at GH looking for the pediatrics gala Christmas party only to find a few lame decorations and a half hearted attempt. Somehowthe party fell through the cracks so Bobbie and all of Port Charles pitch in to pull it together in time. Bobbie calls Felicia and asks her to bring several decorations and presents down to GH. Felicia calls Lucy, who is with Kevin and very sentimental over a card she received from Scotty, and asks her to pull together some samples of Jacks cosmetics and bring them down to the hospital for all the nurses and doctors who have contributed so much. Lucytells her she would love to but she is spending the night with Kevin..Feliciatells her it is more than ok if he comes with her to GH.

Mike, Jason, Sonny and his partner, Joseph, show up at the tree lot to pick out a tree at Mike's insistance. Maria, the proprietor of the lot who is pregnant, suddenly realizes that her water has broken. She tells her husband she doesn't want to leave the lot for the hospital because it is crunch time and they need to pull in all the money they can from the last minute tree shoppers. Sonny convinces the lady she must get to the hospital right away and assures her that he and Joseph will run the lot for her. Jason and Mike take her to the hospital while Sonny and Joseph play Santas.

At the Quartemaine's, the family gets a distress call from the hospital asking them to chip in for the party with a tree and decorations. All the Q's agree to comply and head for the tree lot. Sonny gives Edward a hard time and charges him $5000 for the tree. Brenda and Jacks are the next to shop for their tree and find the one they want on the lot. Brenda laughs when she sees Sonny in his Santa hat, and Jacks tells him he wants a specific tree. Sonny tells him that one's not for sale but allows him to buy another one. Brenda goes to get the car when she receives a call from Lucy asking her to come to GH and bring samples of CD's and music from L&B for the party. Meantime, Jacks tells Sonny the tree he has wrapped up for him to take is not the one he chose.

Sonny tells him he can't always get what he wants. Jacks reminds him that that may be so, but that he still has Brenda.  Ned and Alexis drown their troubles in alcohol at the PC Grill and speak of how much they hate the holiday season. Robin calls Mac and Katherine at the hospital and wishes them a merry Christmas. She tells Katherine to be strong. Jason shows up at Carly's and she gives him a present, it is a key chain. She tells him Tony wil be home soon but that she will not be spending Christmas with him. He tells her that maybe the two of them can do something together tomorrow. She tells him she knows it's silly but she misses her mother. Jason takes off and visits Lila at the Quartermaine's. He brings her a box of peppermint candies and she asks him to fix a paper dove ornament for her that he once made. He tells her he doesn't know how but eventually it hangs from the Quartermaine tree.

Sonny shuts down the tree lot and goes to the hospital where Mike announces that Maria has had a baby boy. Everyone in Port Charles rushes by him as they prepare for Alan's reading of the story of Christmas and Tony's stint as Santa. Sonny goes in to visit Maria and her husband, holds their newborn son, and presents them with a ton of money from his night at the lot. All is right in Port Charles with the children's party a success.

12/24/97 (missed first minute) In the middle of a typical Q quarrel (except it's Christmas, so they're fighting about holiday related issues), Alan ducks out and finds Emily on the terrace. It was an all-around interesting scene, with a very telling quote from Alan: "I am so happy I'm not a role model for you."  Then Ned arrived, with little Brooke Lynn in tow. He announced that he invited Dave Koz to come play sax at GH's Christmas party. Throughout the festivities, AJ quietly seethed, especially when Monica questioned him about his knowledge of Carly and Jason's affair.

At Jason's, Carly noted that the place could use a little holiday cheer, as well as real food. Jason told her where to find some cash. As he was getting ready to leave, Carly felt a small twinge and wrote it off to impending motherhood.

The Webber girls waited outside Nik's room, as Sarah had a gift for him. Stefan strolled up and was politely dismissive, ignoring her challenge "no to any visitors or just me?"

Jax was also being dismissed; Brenda's doctor explained to him why releasing her would be a bad idea. He broke the news to Brenda, who didn't take it well. And because Brenda didn't take it well, Jax didn't take it seriously and went doctor shopping to get her released.
Bobbie ran into Tony at the nurse's station, where he turned down her holiday invitation, and then informed her of Carly's current paternity claims. From here on, pretty much everything was happening at the hospital for the Christmas party.

Jax approached Alan and asked him to do some leaning to help get Brenda released. When he refused, Jax threatened to complain to the psych review board about Alan's remarkable similarity to a Pez Dispenser when it comes to prescription drugs, and how that quality helped lead Brenda to her current state.

Carly and Jason ran into each other outside the hospital and she invited herself to enter on his arm, in case anyone should ask about the baby.

Bobbie went to Monica to express her shock, shock that Jason is going to be a daddy, but Monica noted that only AJ wasn't in a state of disbelief. Just then, Dave Koz led all the girls and boys into the party. Amy hung all over him but Audrey made a rescue by announcing that Santa was on his way. Jason and Carly nearly stopped the party dead when they got off the elevator, but festivites resumed when Santa got off the other elevator (although Santa Tony was taken a little aback himself).
Jax had a present for Brenda - walking papers. She was ecstatic, but her doc wasn't thrilled.

Carly ran into Bobbie in the hallway. She invited Bobbie to call her a slut now and have done with it. Entirely on the defensive, Carly went ahead and made the worst of herself before Bobbie could really get any words in. What Nurse Spencer did squeeze in was that she actually had taken Carly's side in the custody argument (pre-Jason, anyway), but Carly was really in too defensive a mode for this bit of info to sink in.

Outside Nik's room, Stef got a call from accounting and took off, with Katherine trailing after him. Turned out that it was Jason causing the stir, trying to pay Nik's bill. To say that Stefan took it as an insult might be understatement. The two ended up havinga great conversation with Jason revealing his medical knowledge and backbone ("to me, you're just loud"), and Stefan attempting to scare him off. In the end, neither blinked, and Jason shrugged off. While Nik was left unguarded, Sarah used the moment to sneak in with his Christmas gift, but was surprised when he rejected both her and her gift. She grabbed her coat and finally gave up her roomside vigil.

Back at the penthouse, Jason came home to find that Carly had completely redecorated the place, courtesy of Windhams. Carly: I'm a terrible person. Jason: You spent all the money, didn't you? Carly: No...I mean....yeah. That's not why though. I saw Bobbie...
Jason: Did you have a fight with her?  carly: No...I mean...yeah.

Anyway, Carly went on to describe that exchange, and asked Jason how she could have been so shallow, to do all the horrible things she did for someone (Tony) who turned out to be so disposable for her.

Jax brought Brenda home, which elves had broken into and decorated for the holiday. At the hospital party, Alan took over the role of reading the Story of Christmas. When that was done, Santa started passing out gifts. Mr. Koz picked up the sax and played "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," which brought us into a montage of: Sarah, in tears. Nik, sullen, in bed. Stefan, outside, in black, in the snow being approached and cuddled by Katherine, in white. Carly, opening Jason's brown-bag gift, a key chain engraved "Caroline." Jason, on his balcony, looking sensitively studly. Brenda and Jax, decorating her tree and cuddling.

12/24/98 Christmas Eve in Port Chuckles!!! The curtain rises on Carly, Jason and Michael back at the PentHouse. Carly can't containherself: she's so happy to be back in the money she can't stand it. Jason tells her not to get too comfortable, but the queen of denial talks him into taking Michael to the GH Christmas Party.

Tony doesn't know when to quit when he's ahead; begging Monica to let him play Santa. Monica clues him in as to why letting a convicted child  kidnapper play Santa wouldn't be a PR coup for the hospital when Tony demands to know who's replacing him: none other than Scrooge's right-hand man; Edward!!! Bobbie's already fuming that Tony's even allowed to breathe the same air she does and Jerry drags her away from ripping his head off, while Katherine and Amy wait for the guest of honor, Sax player Dave Koz. (He plays the GH theme.) Jax is trying to get through his first Christmas without Brenda and drops by the party and Tony is being a bigger pain  by asking when he's getting reinstated. Alan shows up looking a liitle less seedy and Monica asks him to read the Christmas story to the kids again this year.

In another room in the hospital, Felicia is wasting no time in smothering Maxie with love. Maxie and Georgie come in and are too cute.

Lucky and Liz exchange gifts in a really touching scene. Liz gives Lucky an original oil painting of his boxcar and Lucky gives her a ring. Liz is thrilled. While that's going on, Laura and Leslie Lu are at Windemere and are exchanging gifts.

Luke goes to Alexis on his way out of town and drops the bombshell on her about Nicholas' paternity. Laura has two reasons for visiting Stefan tonight: to exchange gifts and to tip him off that Luke knows everything about Nicholas and will spill the beans shortly. They have got to tell Nicholas before that happens, she tells Stefan. He tells her that Nicholas will be pretty ticked off over this 18 year lie.

Lucky and Liz say that they love each other door. Emily and Liz exchange gifts and like typical guys, Nick and Lucky didn't get anything; but are saved by their women who shopped for them.

Meanwhile, back at the party. We see a bunch of mingling scenes and there's a scene where Audrey is missing Steve. Monica tells Lila that Alan's reading the Christmas Story and asks him to Christmas dinner at the mansion. He accepts.

The teens are enjoying their Christmas gifts. Nicky is wearing an ELQ baseball hat. Emily loves the music box she got from Nicholas.

Dave Koz has arrived at the party and Amy is putting her tongue back in her mouth. Jason, Carly and Michael arrive just as Edward makes his entrance as Santa, which scares the you know what out of MichaeL!! Dave Koz's sax leads the kids to the party, and as Alan reads the Christmas Story; Luke shows up and says goodbye to Lucky and Bobbie. The episode ends with shots set to music of cast members opening gifts, etc.

GH Christmas Dvd #5 1999-2003
12/24/99 Jax hangs up the phone and informs Alexis that his parents have decided to delay their arrival by a day. Alexis is going just a little overboard with the decorations in an attempt to make things festive for Jax's parents. She feels bad about the whole Jerry thing and wants them to have a good Christmas. She changes the subject by asking Jax what happened with Chloe. Jax tells her about Chloe's gift to him.

At Kelly's, Ned notices that Chloe looks a little down and asks what's wrong. She confesses that she and Jax exchanged Christmas presents. She loved his gift to her, but she managed to give him the perfect reminder of Brenda.

Emily arrives at Kelly's just as Juan is coming downstairs. She is in a rush to leave so that they won't be late for the GH Christmas party, but Juan  wants to see her outfit before they go. Emily reluctantly models her elf   costume for Juan at his insistence and is rewarded with a kiss from her boyfriend under the mistletoe.

At GH, Bobbie is delighted to give Tony the happy news that he has been reinstated as Santa. Tony is thrilled and thanks Bobbie. He rushes  off to change. As Tony leaves, Sonny arrives. He explains that he is there to see Stefan. Bobbie lets Stefan know that Sonny is there and than leaves to give Tony his Santa beard.

As Sonny waits for Stefan, Carly arrives with Michael. She stops to talk to Sonny briefly and is disappointed to learn that Jason is not there.

At Luke's Luke is in his office when he hears a knock on the door. He tells the person to go away, but changes his mind when he hears Liz's voice. He invites her in and happily accepts her gift of brownies. She notices that he is sad and offers to try and make him laugh by showing him her elf costume. Luke can't help but chuckle at the costume and correctly deduces that she is working the GH Christmas party. Liz nods and asks if there is any chance he wants to be her date?

Luke says that that is the best offer he has had this millenium, but politely declines. He isn't very good with Christmas parties. Liz says that she understands. She thought about staying home too. She doesn't really feel like going out and plastering a smile on her face either, especially without Lucky there. She still isn't sure that she can pull it off. Luke assures her that she can. She made his son happy when nothing else could. Lucky always said that she was the most courageous person he knew. Luke knows that this will be nothing. Liz says that she still misses Lucky so much. Sometimes it still hurts to breathe. Luke says that he knows. Liz gives Luke a hug and then leaves for the party. Once Liz is gone, Luke walks over to his desk and picks up a picture of Lucky (Jonathan Jackson) and looks at it sadly. He looks up and whispers, "Merry Christmas Cowboy".

     Mac and Felicia are preparing for Christmas. Mac says that he thinks he might have a present that will take her mind off of missing the girls. He opens the door and the girls run in, to Felicia's delight. Hugs and kisses abound as Felicia is reunited with her daughters. At the PC jail, a visitor arrives for Faison. The visitor is instructed to deliver a Christmas present to Mac and Felicia.

Chloe tells Ned that Jax has always been very open and honest about his feelings for Brenda, but she never realized how much of a presence Brenda still was in his life until he opened the Christmas present. She could tell by the look on Jax's face that his feelings for Brenda are still so powerful. She can't compete with a memory and she doesn't want to push herself on Jax. She thinks maybe she needs to back off. Ned says that he knows just what she and Jax need. He gets up to leave an drags a protesting Chloe with him.

Juan and Emily are assisting Tammy in the placement of the Christmas tree. Taggert arrives and asks Juan if he is all ready to move. Juan confesses that he hasn't had time because he is going to the Christmas party at GH. Taggert says that he is going as well and they decide to leave together. Dara arrives just as they are leaving and tries to convince Taggert that they need to review his testimony for the Helena Cassadine trial. The threesome convince Dara that she too must  go to the GH Christmas party.

Jax tells Alexis about Chloe's Christmas gift. He feels very bad that he ruined Chloe's surprise. He explained everything to Chloe, but still, the damage was done. All she wanted to do was make him happy and now she thinks she ruined his day. Alexis suggests to Jax that he and Chloe need to get away alone. They are always sneaking around and pretending to be something they aren't. Jax laughs and says that she is probably right.

The Q's arrive at GH for the Christmas party. As they wander towards the party location, Dave Koz and his band arrive. Dave Koz is greeted by Amy, who reminds him, like she does every year, that they met the year before. Taggert, Emily, Juan and Dara arrive. They also see Dave Koz. Juan boldly walks up to him and introduces himself. He invites him to lunch on the pretense of discuss his future with L&B records, but Mr. Koz politely declines. They all leave to go to the party.

Nikolas arrives along with Lulu and Lesley. Amy takes Lulu and Lesely to the party, but Nikolas remains in the lobby. Liz arrives with apologies to Audrey for being late. Audrey tells her that she needs to go to the board room immediately. Liz starts to rush off, but is stopped by Nikolas. He asks if she has a minute. When she says that she doesn't, he tells her that it is important. Liz stops and turns to look at him with a "this had better be good" look on  her face.

At Kelly's, Tammy is cleaning up when Mike arrives. She cheerily wishes him a Merry Christmas and he returns the sentiment. Tammy explains that everyone else is at the GH Christmas party, but that she offered to stay and close up. Mike surprises Tammy with a copy of her favorite movie …Gone With The Wind. Tammy is delighted with the gift.

Luke is in his office talking to himself when Roy arrives. Roy explains that he is there making a coffee delivery and says that he is surprised to find Luke there. Luke says that he doesn't feel like celebrating and good naturedly tells Roy to go away. Roy says that he has to tell Luke something. He confesses that he is renting a room from Laura.

At the Scropio residence, a mysterious figure carefully places a wrapped package under the Christmas tree.
     At GH, Liz blows Nikolas off as Felicia and the girls arrive at the hospital. As Liz once again tries to rush off to the board room, she hears Jason call her name. She is happy to see him up and about. He explains that he just wanted to be able to watch Michael enjoy the party from a distance. He teases her about her costume and playfully steals her hat.

Nikolas watches in disgust as Liz tries to get her hat back from Jason. Unable to take it any longer, Nik grabs Jason and tells him to leave Liz  alone. Liz pulls Nik off Jason and tells him to stay out of it. Nik isn't anywhere near ready to let this one go and lunges at Jason again. Jason tells Nik to stay out of it, but Nik doesn't listen. Carly walks off of the elevator just as Nik screams at Jason that he doesn't own Liz just because he is sleeping with her which causes Jason to punch Nik.

Nik and Jason continue to fight until Sonny and Stefan pull them apart. Stefan is shocked at Nik's behavior, but Nik continues to try and fight  with Jason. Liz tells Nikolas that he has not right to tell her what to do. Jason says that he is going to leave and Liz says that she is going with him. Audrey starts to protest, but Liz turns and tells her that she doesn't care what any of them think. This is her life. With that, Liz and Jason get onto to the elevator with Nik "I don't know when to quit", screaming after Liz that she won't have a life when Jason is through with her. Santa arrives as the stunned onlookers watch Jason and Liz go.

Luke is shocked to hear that Laura is renting out a room. Roy explains that he thinks that Laura is just trying to be independent. He offers to not take the room if it bothers Luke, but Luke says that it is fine. Roy is relieved since he really liked the homey feel of the house. And he loved Lulu. Luke's face softens at the mention of Lulu. He tells Roy that it actually might be good for him to be there to watch over Laura and Lulu. Roy says that Lulu must be missing her big brother this year. Luke nods sadly. Roy wishes Luke a Merry Christmas and leaves him alone. Luke sits in his chair and stares at Lucky's picture.

Mike is touched by Tammy's gift (dinner at the PC Grille), but explainsthat he never eats in a restaurant on Christmas Eve. It is his personal belief that noone should have to work on Christmas Eve so he makes it a point never to go out to eat that night. Tammy likes his reasons and is even happier when he invites her to join him for dinner.

Ned and Chloe arrive at the Jacks'. Chloe is clearly uncomfortable and tells Jax that they probably won't stay long. Meanwhile, Alexis is pumping Ned for information about her gift. Noticing the elaborate decorations, Ned asks Alexis to help her decorate the gatehouse. Before they can protest, Jax and Chloe are alone. Jax and Chloe start to speak at the same time and then stop. Jax lets Chloe go first. She explains that she thinks Ned and Alexis leaving was a set up. Jax apologizes for his reaction to her gift. There was no way that she could have known. Chloe says that she understands his feelings for Brenda and she understands if he needs some time. Jax says that he will always have feelings for Brenda, but he will never use that as an excuse to stop living his life. He promises Chloe that his past with Brenda will not get in the way of his feelings for her.

At GH, Alan is reading the Christmas story from the Bible with background music supplied by Dave Koz. As he finishes reading, he  turns the festivities over to Santa who begins to hand out gifts amidst cheers from the children! He calls for help from his elves. Emily jumps up and asks Juan if he wants to help. Juan readily agrees, but notices that Emily looks distracted. Emily confesses that she is more than a little surprised about Liz and Jason. She is also a little hurt that neither of them told her.

The "outing" of the Jason/Liz romance is the talk of the Christmas party. Bobbie walks over to Carly and offers her a comforting hug. Carly is understandably upset at the news that Jason and Liz are sleeping together. Alan and Monica discuss whether or not they should talk to Jason, but decide against it. Meanwhile, Stefan tries to talk to Nik, but Nik is still determined to talk to Liz.

While "Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas plays and the Q's share Christmas together. The mixed marrieds are together and happy. Jax and Chloe share a kisswhile Ned and Alexis do the same. Emily and Juan share a kiss under the mistletoe.  Bobbie is alone with a gift that Jerry had delivered to the hospital. She can't help but look a little sad as she eats her red licorice. Roy comes across Hannah on the docks and gathers her up into a comforting hug.  Alone, Sonny stares out the window of his penthouse and watches thesnow fall. Tammy and Mike leave together happily arm in arm just as  Nik, arrives at Kelly's to look for Liz. At the art studio, Liz presents Jason with a Christmas gift and a kiss on the cheek. Jason is clearly touched by the gesture.  Stefan arrives at Laura's with her Christmas gift. He is saddened when no one answers his knock.  The reunited Scorpio's are happily gathered around the tree.

12/26/00 Christmas show (aired a day late due to pre-emptions around Thanksgiving) Roy tells Bobbie that Larkin must have planted Melissa's letter in his apartment.  Laura gently explains to a hopeful Lulu why her daddy won't be home for Christmas.  Though Zander is dismayed to learn that his bail has been set for two million dollars in cash, Alexis remains confident that she can still get her client out of jail in time for the holiday. Carly happily welcomes Sonny home in a big way.  Audrey enlists Chloe to playan elf for the hospital's annual Christmas party.  Though Bobbie urges him to report the break-in to the police, Roy refuses to let Larkin's terror tactics ruin his holiday.  Alexis and Ned have an awkward encounter at the precinct house. Sorel is pleased to hear that his nemesis has returned to Port Charles just in time for the fireworks to begin. Sonny readily agrees to bail Zander out and tells Alexis he'll put the boy up in a safe house until he's ready to testify.  Alan commends Ned for putting on such a brave face despite his personal pain.

Sonny promises Carly and Michael he'll meet them at the hospital party following the conclusion of his business.  After Alan reads the traditional story of the nativity, "Santa" Tony distributes toys to all the boys and girls in the children's ward. Zander embraces a tearful Emily as he's finally released from custody. Later, Zander, Emily, Alexis and Sonny walk out of the police station and straight into a hail of bullets. This is set to a music montage of scenes of the shooting and the GH Christmas scenes.

12/24/01 Jax disappears after asking Carly to wait around for him at the club-to-be. She's muttering to herself when in walk a trio of waiters with a cart laden with champagne and other goodies. Jax walks in and invites her to start celebrating early. Carly again apologizes for her theatrics with the building commissioners but Jax tells her not to worry and that he was impressed with her dedication to their project. He makes a toast to the most unconventional, club-owning mom. She happily sips her bubbly. Things get a little weird when he whips out a gift box and insists she open it. She tries to decline gracefully but ends up opening the gift, which contains the necessary building permit for the new club. Hugs all around!! Jax reminds Carly that she has plans with her little boy and that she should be going, and she tries to tactfully include him in the plans for the hospital pediatric party. After wishing him Merry Christmas, a rather somber Jax raises a toast to the empty room and repeats "Oh yeah, Merry Christmas."

When last we saw Courtney, she was dumbstruck that her "presumed dead" father was standing before her. She seemed at first  elated that her father was alive, and in fact, turned on her mother for allowing her to believe him dead for so long. She asked her mother why she would do such a thing and Janine replied that Mike had gambled away every cent she had and she felt it would be best if Courtney believed he was dead, rather than have him hurt her.

Court tells Janine that she had no right to do that and why should she believe anything she says - can't anyone tell the truth? Yes, says Sonny, and why should you be in this conversation anyway? she asks. "Because he's your brother," replies Mike. Janine tells Courtney that she didn't know about Mike's other family, just a little detail he forgot to mention. In the midst of all this family turmoil, Johnny announces the arrival of Carly and Michael. Sonny asks him to have them wait outside and Courtney asks how he can leave at a time like this. He rather pointedly  looks at Mike and says that he made a promise to his son and he intends to keep it.

Over at the Q's, Edward again attacks Skye. He makes a rude remark about how she's surrounded by all her friends and family on Christmas Eve, when she's obviously alone. He starts to attack her again as Lila enters the room. Lila scolds Edward but he just rattles on about how he has nothing left in his life now that Skye is controlling the family business. He storms out and Skye kneels next to Lila and apologizes for the way she has hurt her through Edward. Lila tells her she wishes Edward could see all the good things in his life and that Skye might be able to help her. Skye vows to do anything Lila asks.

Over at GH, Tony greets Felicia and Bobbie  and lets them know that Santa is ready to make an appearance. Mac shows up with the girls and Felicia double-checks to make sure that he'll be there to celebrate early the next morning. Alan catches Rae before she has a chance to leave. She mentions how sorry she is for all that Skye is doing to his family. Alan tells Rae that he's a better person because of her, which Monica overhears. He tries to talk her into staying and  scolds Monica for treating Rae so shabbily.

Monica leaves with Rae on her tail as Alan begins to tell the story of Baby Jesus to the hospital kids. Monica arrives home and Rae tells her again that she's not after Alan, in the midst of this drama, strains of "Silent Night" are heard from the living room. The gals enter to see Lila and Skye surrounded by Dickensian Carolers and holding holiday candles. As A.J. enters and receives a lit candle from his sister, Edward makes his way to Lila's side and tells her how much he loves her. Even Monica is moved to smile while in the presence of Rae as Alan walks in and views his loving family.

Alexis runs into Jax at the park standing in front of a memorial to the September 11th victims. He tells her that he knows how hard it's been for her to lose her best friend this year. She tells him that in light of all the changes and destruction that have abounded this year, she still feels lucky. She goes on to say that we never seem to take the time to tell those around us, just how much they mean. Jax listens intently as Alexis tells him that she loves him and that her life is better because of him. He says he loves her too  and they embrace. She tells him she has an idea, and asks for his help. Later we see the two of them along with Melissa, Roy, Sonny, Carly, Michael, Nik, Gia, Ned and Kristina lighting candles in memoriam of those whose lives were taken. Courtney  appears on the steps of the park, sees her brother and his family and somberly accepts a candle from Jax.

12/24/02 Edward grouses about having to attend the annual Christmas party in the children's ward at GH. Anxious to have his daddy back home, Michael pens another letter to Santa with a last minute Christmas wish. Meanwhile, at the precinct house, Marcus gleefully informs Sonny and Jason that they'll remain guests of the city for the holiday. Jax flies Brenda to a Caribbean island, where he reminds her they have some decisions to make about their future. Monica coerces her irascible father-in-law into playing Santa Claus for the kids. A drunken Skye passes out on a park bench as a light snow begins to fall.

Through tears of joy, Alexis thanks Cameron for persuading the NICU staff to let her hold her infant daughter for the very first time. Courtney talks a reluctant Mike into visiting his son at the police station on Christmas Eve. Georgie grimaces when Felicia forces her to play elf for the kids' party but her mood lightens considerably after Lucas pays her a compliment. Brenda is miffed to realize that Jax has doubts about her innocence. Coleman finds Skye half frozen in the park and rushes her to the ER. In keeping with long hospital tradition, Alan reads the story of the first Christmas to the assembled guests. Ric calls in a favor to get Sonny and Jason released but receives little gratitude in return. Brenda and Jax theorize that Skye paid Ida off to lie.

Marcus gleefully informs Sonny and Jason that they'll remain guests of the city for the holiday. Mike visits Sonny at the PCPD. He tells Sonny he is only visiting as Courtney asked him too. Mike is obviously still angry at Sonny for his faked death. Sonny apologizes for Mike's grief but refuses to ask forgiveness for what he did, he says he did what he had to do. Sonny reminds Mike how angry Sonny was at him the last Christmas season for Mike's lies about Courtney (not telling Sonny he has a sister). Sonny suggests that they call it even and Mike agrees. Mike wants to know if Sonny would be bothered if Brenda goes off with Jax. Sonny insists no that he wants Brenda to be happy.

Taggert is ready to process Sonny and haul him off to lock up. A call comes in from Judge Weston who releases Sonny. Sonny tells Jason he didn't call in the favor as he couldn't get a hold of anyone. He promises Jason he will get him uot. Carly arrives and is thrilled her husband is coming home for Christmas. Rick shows up and Sonny realizes Rick is responsible for his release. Tagger is beyond annoyed that Sonny is being released! Sonny isn't happy about Ric's invovlement and tells Ric he isn't his attorney and does not want him working on his behalf. Carly pulls Sonny aside and asks Sonny to have Ric get Jason out of jail that it is about Jason being home for Christmas. Sonny agrees and asks Ric who goes off to make a couple of phone calls.

Sonny and Carly return home to a happy reunion with Michael. Christmas music montage to "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" - Ric plays guitar for Liz, scenes from the GH Christmas party, Coleman at Skye's bedside, Courtney standing sadly before the tree in her empty apartment as Jason returns home and they embrace, Sonny kisses a sleeping Michael and Carly as they are curled up on the couch, and ends with Jax and Brenda on their island terrace.

12/23/03 Nikolas presents Emily with a gorgeous engagement ring for Christmas. He's sold Wyndemere early in order to afford to buy it for her, but unbeknownst to Nikolas, Emily (with a little help from Alexis) was the buyer. She returns the deed for Wyndemere to Nikolas for his Christmas present.

Michael arrives at Kelly's to beg Courtney to join the Corinthos family for Christmas eve. She hesitates, but he wins her over and is able to bring her home as a surprise for Sonny. While the family prepares for dinner, a gift for Michael from Jason arrives, ensuring that Jason will not show up at the last minute. Michael opens it and calls him to thank him for the present, and Jason speaks to everyone but Courtney, devastating her. She later returns to Kelly's to sit in the dark, alone, and think about her husband.

At General Hospital, minutes before the pediatrics children arrive for the Christmas celebration, and in front of Dillon and Tracy, Sage and Georgie get into a fight. The girls attack each other, shrieking insults, until Brian and Dillon are able to pry them apart and they are told to behave. Things eventually settle, and the children arrive to see Santa (played by Cameron), and hear Alan give the traditional Christmas reading.

Luke is overwhelmed with anguish over Laura, and can't get into the holiday spirit. He yells at Skye, and insults her until she flees the casino. Things only get worse for him from there as Lucky shows up with Leslie and Lulu. Unable to do anything more than briefly put on a happy face, Luke crushes his daughter when he tells her he can't join the family for Christmas eve dinner. Lucky blows up at him for being a lousy father, and tells him that he can no longer hide behind Laura as an excuse for his behavior. Later, Luke goes to his old house to peer in the window at his children's celebration. Nikolas comes up behind him and challenges Luke to stop wallowing in his misery long enough to give his daughter a happy Christmas. When Luke refuses, Nikolas walks away in disgust. As he wanders alone to Kelly's and the casino, Luke is overcome by strange noises. In the casino, he sits at his bar to drink, and the lights begin to flicker. He gets up to look around, and suddenly before him stands the ghost of Stavros Cassadine. Luke stares as Stavros presents him with his last chance to escape his fate.

12/24/03 Luke's Scrooge Episode As a morose Luke sits alone aboard the Haunted Star on Christmas Eve, he is visited by the ghost of Stavros, who is shackled in chains. Stavros shows Luke the chains he is forced to carry and informs Luke that the chains were forged by the hatred Stavros practiced during his life. Stavros further warns Luke that LUKE is destined for the same fate unless Luke changes his life. Stavros predicts that Luke will be visited by three more spirits.

The next spirit to appear is Helena, who informs Luke that she is the spirit of Christmas Past. Helena takes Luke to a street corner in Port Charles, where Luke sees himself as a youngster, along with Bobbie, conning a rich woman out of some money. While Luke and Bobbie tell their benefactress that they need the money for groceries, they really plan to buy a bus ticket to go live with their Aunt Ruby in Florida. Luke is amazed to learn that the benefactress was Lila Quartermaine, who had planned to adopt Luke and Bobbie. Luke argues that he and Bobbie were better off with Aunt Ruby in a brothel in Florida than with the dysfunctional Quartermaines. However, Helena next whisks Luke to a scene from his past, when Luke successfully convinced Bobbie to turn tricks for a couple of more years until they had enough money ahead to quit "the life."

The next spirit to arrive is Nikolas, who declares that he is the Spirit of Christmas Present. Nikolas whisks Luke off to the Docks, where they find Scott making off with cash that has just been donated to a children's charity. Although Luke insists that Scott's moral failures have nothing to do with Luke, Nikolas explains that that Luke once was a man of honor with good intentions, but Scott began to head down the wrong road when Luke's affair with Scott's wife, Laura, broke Scott's heart. Then Nikolas and Luke visit the Quartermaine Mansion and listen to Edward telling Skye about the children that Edward and Lila almost adopted once. Luke feels compassion for Skye and becomes alarmed when a melancholy Skye prepares to take a drink.

Next, Nikolas takes Luke to Luke's own home and they listen in as Lucky explains to a devastated Lulu that her father was NOT really the one who bought her bicycle for her. Lucky explains that her father really DOES love Lulu, but he just does NOT know how to show it! Luke insists to Nikolas that none of this is Luke's fault, but Nikolas points out that Luke was never able to accept any kind of responsibility for the way he changed the lives of those around him. As Luke argues that his love for Laura was genuine and her illness has devastated him, Nikolas whisks Luke away to the Hospital where Laura is staying. Although Laura does not speak, Luke confides to his wife how much the happy times they once enjoyed meant to him. Luke begs Laura to reach out to him but is disappointed when Laura makes no response.

Back aboard the haunted Star, Luke moans that he failed Laura. Then the third spirit arrives. Silently, the black-shrouded figure points a bony finger toward the future. Luke sees a teen-aged Lulu, along with Emily, Nikolas, Lesley and Bobbie, gathering around a grave. Luke learns that Lucky has just been killed in the line of duty as a police officer. Lulu mourns that Lucky wasted his life trying to make up for his father's mistakes. Later, the Spirit and Luke look on as Cameron and a police officer discuss the homeless bum who has just been found dead on the street. As Luke grouses that he has no interest in the death of another homeless derelict, the Spirit whisks Luke off to the morgue. There, Luke realizes that the old homeless derelict is Luke!

When Luke awakens, alone, he finds he is once again aboard the Haunted Star. Luke is elated when he discovers that he is alive after all and that it is still Christmas Day. Luke rushes out to buy Christmas gifts and runs into Michael and a bodyguard, as they are walking Rosie. Michael is mystified as Luke cheerfully wishes him a Merry Christmas. Luke rushes to find Lucky and surprises his son by announcing that Luke is coming to Bobbie's later for dinner. Luke next visits the Quartermaine Mansion and, knocking a cup of coffee out of her hand, Luke implores Skye to resist the desire to drink and, instead, accompany Luke to Bobby's to celebrate Christmas.

Next, Luke visits Wyndemere. Finding Cameron, Alexis, Kristina, Emily and Nikolas assembled there, Luke invites them all to dinner ~ then suggests that Cameron should use the opportunity to give Alexis a kiss! Later, Luke arrives at Bobbie's house and presents Lulu with a special necklace which Luke tells his daughter is to remind her of her mother. As Luke dispenses gifts, the others begin to sing Silent Night. Later, Luke goes outside and tells Laura that he did it all for her.

Meanwhile, Edward writes a note for Annabelle to take to Foster. Jason shows Emily the cooked turkey he plans to use for sandwiches. She says that's proof he's not a Quartermaine, "no Quartermaine has ever come that close to a fully cooked turkey on Thanksgiving."  She leaves. The phone rings. Jason remembers Robin saying how sorry she feels for the Quartermaines and how he's supposed to take care of Jason Quartermaine's family. Ned hands over a mantel clock. Alan looks at a kaleidoscope, but Monica reminds him that Emily's fond of it, so the robbers can't have it.

Emily comes in. She's really surprised that they're getting robbed by Pilgrims. They'll be in big trouble when her brother Jason hears about this. She mentions Sonny's name. The Quartermaines are interested to hear that Jason lives in the penthouse now, but the robbers are more concerned about the dreaded name "Jason Morgan." Jason comes in with Pete and the turkey.  The robbers rush out, leaving everything and knocking the turkey to the ground.  They leave a note from Tracy, who has planned this robbery. Raoul comes in with pizza all over his face.  They order Chinese takeout and sing their song.

GH Christmas Dvd #6 2004-2008

12/24/04 Ric and Alexis are stranded in the forest with no visible signs of rescue. But Sonny and Jax team up to save them, then helicopter to Kristina's christening. Everyone gathers in the church for the event, which somehow brings out the best in people.

Emily wants to give Nikolas something special for Christmas. She enlists Lucky, Liz and Alice to help with her plan. They all lend a hand in preparing and delivering a Christmas dinner to him at the police station before he is sent off to prison.

Kristina's christening comes to a peaceful end. All gather for the annual General Hospital Christmas party. Durant dons a white beard and red suit to play Santa for the sick kids.

12/22/05 Georgie freaks out a little when she finds Dillon hanging by a noose in the front atrium at the Quartermaine mansion. She tells him what he is doing is very dangerous. He assures her he is just doing this to drive his mother crazy so she will let him move back into his dorm at college. He shows her that he is attached to a harness and that he is not in any danger of strangling himself. She points out to him that he is hanging near the mistletoe. She gets up on a chair to kiss him while Lulu comes down the stairs. She ignores them to leave. Georgie notices her and tells her she brought something for her to wear for the General Hospital Christmas party, an elf costume. Lulu runs up to her room to escape Georgie.

Later, Tracy comes downstairs and tells Dillon that he can go to Georgie's house on Christmas Eve but he will be spending Christmas at the house with his family on Christmas day. She totally ignores the fact that Dillon is hanging from a noose. Alan and Monica come home to overhear Georgie and Tracy arguing with Lulu when she refuses to put on the elf costume to help with the children at the hospital Christmas party. Luke comes home and Tracy tells him that he is going to make Lulu wear the costume and help at the party since the family always helps out at the Christmas party for the child patients. Luke tells Lulu it is her choice. Lulu says no to wearing the costume. Skye is also there as well. Alan and Monica try to shame Lulu into wearing the costume but Lulu still refuses to put it on. Georgie gets upset with her also and tells her that she will have to return the costume to her Aunt Bobbie herself and explain to her why she won't help with the children at the party.

Later, Skye talks to Luke about drinking too much again to try and numb the pain of Laura's Birthday and Christmas. Luke tells her he isn't so sure he wants to forget the memories he has. He tells Skye about when he first met Laura. He tells her that Laura was dressed as an elf at the General Hospital Christmas party and he was there to visit his sister Bobbie and saw her and thought she was so beautiful and that Laura has always loved Christmas and would decorate anything she saw, even a rock. Lulu overhears Luke talking about memories of her mother while standing in the doorway. Later, Luke is surprised when Lulu comes in the room dressed as an elf for the Christmas party. He tells her she reminds him so much of her mother.

Courtney brings a Christmas present over to Kelly's for Mike. She tells him she is delivering presents early and plans to spend Christmas with Nikolas once he gets back from Europe. Meanwhile, Jax makes a mysterious call about wiring money to someone. Skye finds him drinking early in the day in the front lobby of the hotel. She tells him it is a little early for him to be drinking. Jax tells her that he wishes that Courtney would realize that Nikolas isn't right for her and that he will eventually go back to Emily and that she should be with him so they can raise their baby together. Skye points out to him that he has been acting like a jerk lately concerning Courtney and the baby and suggests that he needs to be less controlling toward Courtney and remind her of what a nice man he really is and why she fell in love with him to begin with.

Meanwhile, Courtney gets a call from Nikolas that he won't be able to be home in time for Christmas because there is something wrong with his private jet and he can't get a commercial flight back home because it is booked up because of the holiday. Mike suggests she spend the holiday at Sonny's house then. Courtney tells Mike that she and Sonny have been arguing about Nikolas lately and she doesn't feel comfortable going to Sonny's for Christmas when Emily will be there. Mike invites her to spend the holiday with him and she accepts. Emily and Michael show up to pick up a care package for Jason. Emily twinges a little when Courtney's cell-phone goes off and it is Nikolas calling her.

Later, Jax shows up at Courtney's appearing drunk. He tells her he didn't drive and has been wondering around the streets. She invites him inside her apartment. Jax tells her that he still loves her and he was stupid to let his pride get in the way of things and let her leave him for Nikolas. Jax tells her he will be leaving since Nikolas will probably be showing up soon to spend Christmas with her. Courtney tells him that Nikolas won't be able to make it back in time for Christmas. Courtney allows him to lie on the couch while she gets him a blanket from the other room. While she goes in the other room, he gets his cell-phone out and seems disturbed by some message on it. Courtney comes into the room and suspects he isn't as drunk as he has let on and confronts him about it.

Alexis and Ric argue about her promise to go out a cut a tree down for them for Christmas in the forest. She is busy on her laptop and asks him to go out with Christina while she works on Manny's defense. Ric grumbles about it since it was her idea. He tells Christina that they are doing this because last year her Mommy and him did the same thing and it turned out they had a happy ending when they realized they were in love. He gets out of the car and takes Christina out to find a tree. Alexis talks to someone on her cell-phone about researching cases that are similar to this case concerning Manny. Ric and Christina return with a little pine tree. Alexis comments on how small it is and reminds Christina that she asked for a big tree for their home. Alexis suggests donating the little tree to the children at the hospital and makes Ric go out with Christina to find a big tree for them while she changes and feeds Baby Molly.

Ric and Christina return with a big tree. Ric tells Alexis he is going to back the car up a little and they will put the tree up on top of the car and tie it up. Ric goes to turn the key to the ignition and the car won't start. Ric asks Alexis if she used the laptop the whole time they were looking for a tree and also if she hooked her cell-phone up to the car battery as well. Alexis told him she did. He tells her that she just killed the car battery. Alexis and Ric tie the tree to the car while they wait for a tow truck. A park ranger shows up and they ask him to give their car a jump start. He asks them if they got the tree from the forest. They tell him they did. The park ranger tells them he is fining them $500 for chopping down the trees and tells them they are in a state forest and that it is illegal to chop down trees. Christina tells the park ranger that the tree is for the sick children at the hospital. The park ranger is charmed by the innocent look on Christina's face and agrees not to fine them for the trees and agrees to jump start their car as well.

Meanwhile, Sam finds Jason getting restless in his hospital room. She tells him she will have to just distract him by any means possible to keep him in bed. She kisses him just as Robin walks in the room. She apologizes for disturbing them but she needed to ask Jason for his help. She explains to Sam and Jason about Manny's surgery and how he seems like a totally different person after it and that when they were operating on him they found that the problems he was having were on the part of the brain that deals with aggression. She tells Sam and Jason that a case can be made that Manny was not responsible for the crimes he committed before the surgery. Sam doesn't believe that Manny could be a different person than he was before the surgery. Robin points out that Jason Quartermaine was a totally different person before his accident. Sam points out that Jason was never a psychotic and demented person out to hurt other people including all of them either. Robin asks him to consider seeing Manny in person for her to get a read on whether he is different or faking it.

Later, Emily shows up with Michael to deliver a box of cookies for him from Mike. Michael thinks Jason will be released from the hospital in time for Christmas. Jason and Sam tell him that Jason won't be able to come home for Christmas this year because his doctors think it is too soon and he needs to stay there so nothing bad happens. Michael mentions how disappointed he is because Carly can't come home for Christmas either. Emily explains to them that Carly's doctors think it is too soon for her to return home yet. Jason tells Michael that he needs to show Morgan he is having a good time since he looks up to him as his big brother and asks him to help Morgan with his toys. Michael agrees to help Morgan, who doesn't understand why Carly can't come home. Later, Emily shows up at Rose Lawn to speak to Carly's doctor. She tells him that he needs to release Carly so she can spend Christmas with her boys and that she thinks Carly is ready to do that.

Dara Jensen shows up later to see Sam and Jason to go over their testimony at Manny's trial. She tells them that Durant wants to make sure their testimony is solid because Manny is now being represented by Alexis who will be a tough person to beat. Sam and Jason can't believe Alexis would defend Manny since she almost lost her baby after the train wreck. Dara tells them that Alexis sees this as a high profile case that she wants to win. Sam confronts Alexis about defending Manny. Alexis explains to her that she didn't ask to defend Manny, she was appointed by the judge to do it. Sam points out that she will still be defending him and will want to get him off as proof that she can help get any guilty person off. Alexis doesn't know what to tell her.

Alexis meets with Manny and tells him that there have been cases similar to his and that she could get him a not guilty verdict and then he would be free to start his life over again. Robin walks with Jason to Manny's room. Robin tells Jason that she doesn't know whether to believe Manny is changed or not and needs him to see him for himself since he is good at telling if someone is lying or not. Robin goes into Manny's room and tells him he has a visitor. Jason comes into his room a little. Manny looks at Jason and seems scared of him. He tells Jason that he is sorry for what he did to him. Jason looks at him and wonders if he is for real or not.

12/23/05 At Rose Lawn, Carly takes a stroll and happens upon none other than Emily conversing with Dr. Kim. Naturally assuming Emily is plotting against her, she is surprised to find that Emily is pleading her (Carly's) case to the doc. Em explains how good a mother Carly is and how badly her kids need her, but will Dr. Kim listen?

At GH, Sam is livid to learn Alexis is representing Manny, the man who shot Jason in the leg and was responsible for the crash that nearly took Molly's life before it began. Alexis' attempt to justify her acts by comparing Manny's situation to Jason's does nothing to cool Samantha down.

At a restaurant, Justus spies on Lainey enjoying a meal with an older gentleman. When she steps away, Justus confronts Lainey's "date," who reveals himself to be her father! When she returns, she's not happy Justus has followed her, and insists he leaves. As he goes, he overhears Mr. Winters asking Lainey "Who are you?" She eventually blasts Justus for following her and admits her father suffers from Alzheimer's-she's about to blast him all over again when she drops off her dad at his care home and finds Justus waiting for her. But Justus just wanted to apologize this time, and Lainey opens up about the brilliant lawyer her father once was.

Liz and Lucky enjoy a peaceful night at home, despite Cameron's flu; Lucky eventually puts his wife to sleep with a Christmas poem. At Courtney's loft, Jax continues to pledge his love to his wife-until Nik calls with love of his own for her, and a request she open his gift early. But when Jax tries to "call a cab", Court insists he stay put until he sobers up. Just then, her baby moves inside her, and she allows Jax to feel for himself.

The Q, Scorpio, Lansing and Corinthos clans gather at General Hospital for holiday festivities, where we enjoy Audrey, Edward and Ned sightings-in fact the whole cast except Lorenzo, Luke and John appeared in today's show at some point. Patrick wonders what Robin would look like in an elf costume. In full Santa gear, Noah appears at the hospital to distribute gifts-but not before getting sloshed in the elevator; Patrick informs Robin that's how he's celebrated every Christmas since his (Pat's) mother died. Michael asks "Santa" to bring his mom home for Christmas-soon Carly appears! Alan continues his annual Christmas reading, and receives not-so-annual praise from Jason.

Patrick eventually asks his drunken father to leave; in private, the elder Drake lets his son know how proud of him he is, then listens ashamedly as Patrick recalls a not-so-jolly Christmas of yesteryear. Carly takes the boys-without Sonny-to her new house, where Max delivers their Christmas tree. After the GH reading, Sonny returns home and receives a hand-delivered present from Emily, fresh from visiting her "dysfunctional, yet cheerful" family.

As the episode closes, we see a montage of Bobbie hugging Lucas, Brooke Lynn hugging Ned, Skye hugging Alan, Liz and Lucky lost in each other's arms, Ric and Alexis smooching, among many others. There's also a very poignant scene in which Edward and Audrey hang photos of their late loves, Lila and Steve.

SCENE OF THE DAY: During the closing montage, Tracy taps Monica on the shoulder. Monica is stunned to see Tracy handing her a gift! Saying nothing, and temporarily forgetting their history, the two smile uneasily and begin to embrace. Suddenly, they both snap out of it before any physical contact is made, and head off in opposite directions.

12/22/06 On the docks, Alexis bumped into Ned, where the former lovers sat down to catch up. Alexis gave Ned the update on her condition, and thanked him for her Christmas gift. He gave her warm words of support, which she deeply appreciated. She said she wished she had appreciated him more when they were together, prompting him to smile. (Nexis fans got their Holiday gift with this sweet scene!)

At the penthouse, Jason and Sam brought home a tree to decorate. She thanked him for sending Spinelli to Tennessee to spend the holiday with his grandmother. He was just glad to have him out of the house.

At her house, Carly broke the news to the boys that Jax was gone and the wedding was postponed. She promised they'd all elope when Jax returned.

At the hospital, Elizabeth was upset that she couldn't get the hot toy of the season for Cameron. Audrey tried to calm her irate granddaughter. Lucky arrived and asked to escort Liz to the Christmas party. She turned him down. Alexis and the girls arrived and bumped into Ric. The adults remained civil and Alexis mentioned that Kristina still hasn't spoken. Mac and Lucky admonished Maxie for donning her traditional elf suit so soon after her "miscarriage," but she said she refused to sit home and mourn her "loss." Patrick pulled Robin behind the Christmas tree to smooch. Georgie, dressed as Mrs. Claus, was furious to find Dillon, dressed as Santa, with his pants down as elf Lulu adjusted his costume. It was innocent, but Georgie stormed off anyway.

As the children gathered 'round, Alan read the traditional Christmas story. Maxie snuck off to cry and Lucky consoled her. A warm exchange later, Maxie smiled at knowing she'd manipulated the man who she's obsessed with. After the reading, Tracy advised Georgie to give up on Dillon. Edward invited Skye to Christmas dinner but she said only if the invite included Lorenzo. Lulu teared up when Bobbie gave her the present Luke left behind for her — the engagement ring that he'd given Laura last month. Alexis and Sam were thrilled when Kristina spoke the words, "Merry Christmas, Mommy!"

Meanwhile, at the Christmas pageant, as Emily and a nervous Nikolas arrived with Spencer, Helena lurked in the background, as did a disguised Colleen. Mike showed up, camera in hand, to take pictures of his three grandsons. Father Coates mentioned to Emily that he wanted to introduce her to the new parish priest, Father Ruiz (the dead ringer for psycho Manny!). As the pageant began, Colleen, Helena and Father Ruiz all kept a watchful eye on the manger. Carly teared up when Michael spoke his lines, and Sonny appeared to hand her a handkerchief. Carly took it and hugged Sonny. The boys were thrilled to see their dad in the audience. The pageant was a hodgepodge of sweetness and light, and Morgan stole the show with his goofy antics as the Little Drummer Boy. The snow began to fall after the pageant concluded. Nikolas was relieved it was over. As Mike showed Nik his photos of the baby, a shadow fell over the manger.

On the docks, Liz was thrilled to find the toy she'd been seeking for Cam, courtesy of Jason. Liz was touched beyond words. During a montage set to "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," Patrick and Robin headed to the supply closet as Epiphany smiled and shook her head. Edward went to ask the Qs about Alcazar but he just smiled and escorted Skye and Lila Rae home. Lulu tried on her mother's ring. Jason and Liz hugged. Michael told Sonny the camel missed its cue. Sonny was shocked to see Father Ruiz. Nikolas was horrified to find the manger empty and Spencer nowhere to be found.

12/24/07 Christmas Eve is bittersweet in Port Charles. Kate is in New York, but sad that she is not with Sonny. Sonny misses her but keeps a stiff upper lip. Skye visits Luke in the hospital just before his surgery, but Tracy throws her out. Alan, her conscience, appears and reads the Nativity story to her and tells her that Christmas is about family. Dillon surprises her by staying in Port Charles and offers his shoulder to cry on, which she accepts. Bobby, Lucky and Lulu also show up and Luke is wheeled into surgery. Luke has another out-of-body experience during the operation. He walks through fog until he comes to a gate. Upon entering, he finds a pianist playing a Sinatra tune and a drink sitting on the piano, which he downs. He walks over to a microphone and does a touching rendition of "My Way."

At Mac's house Felecia tries to tell Maxie how much she loves her, but Maxie is still bitter. Mac comes in and tells her that he has invited Felicia for Christmas, and that they all need each other.

Carly, Jax and the boys are very happy and enjoying the fun of Christmas. As they are preparing to leave for the hospital Christmas party, Carly faints. Jax asks if she is pregnant, but she says, "No, it's a touch of the flu." Jax and the boys leave. She stays home. Sonny drops by with Christmas presents for Michael and Morgan. Carly senses that something is wrong. She asks if Kate has left him. Before he can answer her, Jax and the boys come home. They give Sonny his presents and have a sweet time together. He leaves, but not before telling them that they should spend Christmas with their mother, instead of him, because she is ill. A short time later Jason arrives with presents. Carly comments on his hair cut. Jason is touched by the present he receives from the boys. It is a photograph of them with Elizabeth.

Sonny goes back to his lonely house, hoping for a message from Kate. Max tells him that no message has been left, because Kate, who had called earlier, asked him not to tell Sonny that she called. At the same time Kate arrives in her New York hotel room after attending an A-list party. She hopes for a message from Sonny, but when she calls the front desk there is none.

Still under the influence of anesthesia, Luke continues his dream where he concludes that the real value in life is family, not money. He regrets that he did not spend more time with his family, but overall, he is satisfied with the life he has led. In a montage, with a voiceover by Anthony Geary singing, "I'll Be Home For Christmas," Luke walks through a set of gates into the fog. Luke's family comforts each other in the hospital waiting room. Carly, Jax, Michael and Morgan are a typically happy family. Maxie hands Felicia a present addressed to her from Georgie. Jason looks in from the outside as Elizabeth and her sons hang stockings. Sonny goes upstairs alone and Kate is also alone in her hotel room.

12/23/08 As Santa was fumbling around with the PDA Mrs. Claus had given him, Spinelli walked in and threatened the intruder with kung fu. Santa told Spinelli he knew the young man didn't know kung fu and asked for his help with the electronic gadget. Spinelli was thrilled to see the reindeer on the roof of the Metro Court hotel but asked where Rudolph was, since he didn't see a red nose. Santa said he didn't need Rudolph's help because it was a clear night, but he hoped it was okay that he took a few carrots for the rest of the reindeer. Spinelli said an extensive amount of data had been lost so Santa said he would come back at 11:59p.m. for the PDA. Part of the lost data was the Port Charles residents' wish list. It was Spinelli's job to find out what everyone in Port Charles wanted for Christmas. If Spinelli could fix the PDA, Santa said there might be something extra in his stocking.

Spinelli went to answer a knock at the door and was thrilled to see Maxie. He brought her to see Santa, but the jolly man was gone except for his coat. Maxie didn't believe Santa had been there, but decided to accompany Spinelli on his rounds.

Lulu walked into Lucky's and wished him a merry Christmas Eve. Johnny was working, so Lulu decided to keep her brother company since Elizabeth had the boys. It wasn't long before Nikolas and Luke showed up and decided to order pizza. Luke asked where Lucky's Christmas tree was, and Lucky explained he hadn't gotten around to getting one. Lulu said they could go to the tree lot where Johnny was working, but Luke surprised them with news of a tree. A truck had driven past outside and a tree fell off and rolled right up to the door just as Luke had arrived. Nikolas brought the tree in without much help from the rest of the family.

Lulu was pleasantly surprised to answer a knock at the door and find Spinelli and Maxie there to deliver Christmas tidings. Spinelli gave a strange key to Lulu and told her that Father Christmas worked in mysterious ways. Lulu thought Spinelli was acting stranger than usual, but went back to decorating the tree after Spinelli and Maxie had left. Luke talked about his first Christmas with Laura and how she had batted her eyes and convinced a store owner to give her an angel tree topper for free. Lulu, Lucky, and Nikolas looked everywhere for that angel to put on their own tree. Lucky brought down all the Christmas boxes and the angel wasn't in any of them. The last box felt empty and it was locked. Lulu gave it a chance and tried Spinelli's key in the lock. The box sprung open and revealed the angel. Suddenly, the phone rang and it was Laura. Luke talked to her first, and then everyone wished her a merry Christmas.

Patrick walked in the door with eggnog lattes just as Robin was having a meltdown. The house was a mess, the tree was half-decorated, and Robin was sure Patrick had forgotten to pick up the dessert. Patrick offered to go pick it up then, but the shop had already closed. Patrick noticed Robin was searching for something and asked if he could help. Robin couldn't find the necklace her mother had given her on her wedding day. It was the same necklace Robin's grandmother had given Anna on her wedding day. Before long, Anna and Robert showed up and Anna mentioned how beautiful Grandmother Filomena's necklace would look on Robin with her blouse. Robin brushed the comment off, because she didn't want her mother to know she had lost the necklace.

Robert and Anna decided they should start with dessert first, since the past year had taught them to go with the sweet stuff first. Robin was getting ready to tell them they didn't have any dessert when there was a knock at the door. It was Spinelli and Maxie asking for Christmas wishes. Robin said they already had everything they could wish for. Spinelli offered up a gift anyway before leaving. Everyone was shocked to open the gift and find cookies. Everyone except Anna was hesitant to eat something from Spinelli, but Anna took a bite and was in awe. Robert was next to try the cookies, and they insisted Robin try them. Patrick wasn't very happy about Robin trying something edible from Spinelli, but Anna and Robert insisted they wouldn't let their daughter do something that would hurt her. Robin took a bite and couldn't believe the cookies were the exact same cookies her grandmother used to make for Christmas. Grandma Filomena had promised to give Robin the recipe, but had died before giving it to her granddaughter. There was another surprise, though. Patrick found the necklace Robin had lost.

Edward, Monica, and Tracy had all decided to have a miserable Christmas, but Alice was doing her best to get them all in the Christmas spirit. Tracy and Monica had each decided not to go to the hospital Christmas party to avoid each other and ended up together at home. Edward reminded them about Lila loving the holidays and how Emily used to help her decorate the Christmas tree. They couldn't bear to celebrate the holidays without Emily and Lila. Alice tried to convince them to have a Christmas dinner, but they were all reluctant to celebrate at all. Alan made his presence known to Tracy and asked her to tell Monica he loved her. Tracy told him to tell her himself.

The arguments were halted when Spinelli and Maxie showed up. He had a gift, but he wasn't sure whom it was for. Tracy and Edward decided to go to the Christmas party, so Spinelli decided the gift must be for Monica. She wasn't in the mood for a gift, though, so Spinelli put it under the tree. Alan talked to Monica about a pair of glasses he said she had needed because Monica only saw what she wanted to see. Monica put the glasses on, and suddenly she could see Alan. She wasn't sure if he was a ghost or if she was finally going crazy, but she didn't care. They bickered back and forth just like old times, and Monica couldn't believe how much she had missed her husband.

Diane was looking forward to spending Christmas Eve at Max's house, cuddled up with her beau, singing Christmas carols, and roasting chestnuts. Just as Max arrived, Diane thought she had seen something strange on top of the Metro Court hotel. When Max showed up, he delivered bad news by saying they would have to move their festive activities to the Metro Court hotel. Sonny had business associates in town that needed a place to stay, so Max had been run out of his own home. Diane was upset and stormed off, thinking Max didn't want to spend Christmas with her.

Diane met up with Bernie and ranted and raved about Max destroying their Christmas plans. Bernie did his best to keep up with Diane's ramblings. He tried to tell her about Chanukah and the meaning of the holiday. Bernie reminded her that he was a widower and had no one to spend the holidays with. Everyone in his family would light their menorah candles, though, as a way of being together.

Maxie and Spinelli ran into Max, and he asked desperately for Maxie's help with Diane. Max explained the situation, and Maxie said Christmas wasn't about a specific place. It was about whom you were spending it with. Maxie explained that Diane just needed to know Max wanted to be with her. With that, Spinelli revealed a pawn ticket for Max.

Next, Spinelli and Maxie headed over to see Bernie and Diane. Spinelli handed a phone to Diane and told her to call Max. With Max on the other end, Diane told him to stay put. She was coming to him to spend the evening with him. When she arrived, Max handed her the snow globe he had gotten from the pawnshop. He had also planned an outdoor picnic for just the two of them. Diane was thrilled. Meanwhile, Bernie was still reeling over Diane's actions. He couldn't believe how she could be hard as nails one minute and then totally soft over a bodyguard. As Spinelli and Maxie left, Bernie lit his menorah candles and recited his Hebrew blessings.

Spinelli and Maxie sang "Jingle Bells" as they returned from their Christmas quest. Maxie was stunned to see Santa as he thanked her for helping Spinelli. Spinelli was distraught because he didn't find out what everyone wanted, but Santa reminded him that he didn't need a PDA to know what everyone wanted for Christmas. Spinelli was confused and asked what the true meaning of his mission was. Santa revealed that it took a very special person, one who was generous and good and true, to see into people's hearts. Spinelli handed back the PDA and asked if they could snap a picture together. Santa agreed and they all said "Gingerbread" as the picture snapped. After Santa was gone, Maxie left to see Mac at the police station.

The next morning, Maxie awoke and called Spinelli to tell her about her strange dream. She had received a gift and opened it, which prompted the call to Spinelli. Maxie told her good friend to open his gift. They had both received the picture of themselves with Santa from the previous night. Merry Christmas!

GH Christmas Dvd #7 2009-2014

12/23/09 Carly arrived home carrying bags filled with last-minute gifts that she had purchased. She confessed to Jax that she had driven around the neighborhood to check out the holiday displays. According to Carly, theirs was the best. Carly especially liked the Rudolph reindeer that they had on the top of their roof. As Jax and Carly entered the living room, Carly spotted a present on the sofa. She immediately assumed that it was for her, but Jax clarified that the present was for Bobbie. Jax reminded Carly that he wouldn't be foolish enough to wrap her gift where she could see it.

Later, Carly caught Michael and Morgan checking the living room for hidden presents. Carly scolded them and then shamelessly tried to pump them for information about where Jax had hidden her special Christmas present. Morgan nearly slipped up, but Michael managed to stop Morgan from spilling the beans. Carly decided to send Michael on an errand, so that she could continue questioning Morgan. Michael urged Morgan to remain strong.

In no time, Morgan blurted out that the present was hidden in the attic. Carly smiled victoriously. Morgan stared helplessly as she dashed off to the attic. A short time later, Morgan apologized to Jax for telling his mother that Jax had hidden her present in the attic. Jax wasn't angry; Carly had had years to perfect her interrogation techniques. Michael entered the living room moments later to ask if anyone had seen Carly. Michael had been expecting Carly to sneak into the attic, but she had never appeared.

Jax determined that Carly had to be close by since her car was in the driveway. Jax, Michael, and Morgan discussed various ways that Carly might have entered the locked attic. Seconds later, Carly cried out as she and crashed to the ground amid a pile of snow. Carly had attempted to gain entrance to the attic through the solar panels on the roof. Jax and the boys retrieved a miraculously unharmed Carly from the bushes and then settled her on the sofa. Carly regretted that she had destroyed their Rudolph display on the roof. Jax reminded Carly that she could have been seriously hurt. He warned Carly not to pull another stunt like that again. Carly suggested that the best way to avoid any future incidents would be for Jax to give her the present. Later, the boys surprised Carly with a portrait of Josslyn with her brothers.

Robin checked the Christmas tree to make certain that Patrick had properly secured it to the walls, so that it wouldn't accidentally topple on top of Emma. Robin was satisfied with the work, but she confessed that she had made up the study about the high percentage of kids injured by large trees; she had hoped to persuade Patrick to buy a smaller tree. Patrick wasn't surprised. However, he was curious if Robin had invited anyone as payback for Patrick winning the battle of the Christmas trees. Robin simply smiled.

As Patrick and Robin cuddled on the sofa, Robin talked about the number of Christmases that she spent without her parents. She had been grateful that she had Mac in her life. Patrick felt bad that Mac was home alone. Robin admitted that she had asked Mac to join them. Patrick realized that he had been correct when he had guessed that Robin had extended an invitation to someone. Robin revealed that Mac had declined. She suspected that Mac had a date.

Moments later, Mac stopped by to drop off a gift for Emma. Robin told Mac that he was welcome to stay, but Mac explained that he had plans; however, he refused to elaborate. After Mac left, Robin smiled triumphantly. She was certain that Mac had a date. Robin was delighted that all of her efforts had paid off. A short time later, Matt and Lisa arrived for a visit. Everyone smiled as they gathered around the Christmas tree and then took pictures. Lulu watched as Maxie transformed their apartment into a Christmas wonderland. Lulu didn't think that Maxie's efforts would make Spinelli forget that Maxie had cheated on him.

Before Maxie could reply, someone knocked on the door. It was Spinelli. He was carrying a small potted Christmas tree. Spinelli was disappointed when he spied Maxie's elegantly decorated tree. Lulu accused Maxie of stealing the tree. Maxie insisted that she had merely borrowed it from Kate. Spinelli replied, "I would rather abstain from the yuletide festivities inspired by guilt."

Maxie realized that Spinelli was referring to her transgression with Franco rather than Kate's pilfered Christmas tree. Maxie insisted that they could have moved past the mess with Franco if Spinelli had slept with someone, as Maxie had suggested. Spinelli refused to sleep with someone just to make Maxie feel better. Lulu objected when they tried to pull her into the middle of their argument.

Lulu was relieved when someone knocked on the door. It was Dante; he wanted to know if Lulu would go with him to Lucky's party. Lulu readily accepted the invitation. After Lulu and Dante left, Maxie and Spinelli resumed their discussion. Maxie wondered why Spinelli couldn't just admit that he was mad at her. Spinelli thought that it should have been obvious that he was furious about the tryst. Spinelli demanded to know why Maxie had slept with Franco.

Maxie didn't have any real answers for him; she hated herself for hurting Spinelli and then lying. Spinelli reminded Maxie that, to Franco, she had been a means to an end. Spinelli couldn't understand how she could have been attracted to someone as dangerous as Franco. Their argument was cut short when someone knocked on the door. Maxie didn't want Spinelli to open the door, but the person refused to leave. It was Mac. He had a present for Maxie.

Mac's smile disappeared when he noticed Maxie's tears. Mac reminded Spinelli that Christmas was a difficult time of year for Maxie because Georgie had died in December. Mac wondered if Spinelli had even bothered to ask if Maxie had heard from Felicia. Maxie assured her uncle that she wasn't upset about her sister or mother. Mac wanted Maxie to spend Christmas Eve with him, but Maxie refused to leave. She explained that she and Spinelli needed to work some things out on their own.

After Mac left, Spinelli confessed that he wanted to put what had happened with Franco behind them. Maxie promised Spinelli that she loved him. Spinelli assured her that he loved her. Maxie and Spinelli hugged and then decorated the tree that Spinelli had bought for Maxie. Afterwards, they kissed.

At the Davis residence, Diane wondered if Alexis had anything more festive than hot coca and fuzzy slippers. Sam, Molly, and Kristina were gathered in the living room. Alexis noticed the look that passed between her daughters and Diane. Alexis immediately suspected that the foursome were up to something. They tried to act innocent, but a knock at the door betrayed them. It was Max, bearing gifts.

Shortly afterwards, Mac arrived. He had a present for Alexis. Alexis opened the present to discover an ice scraper and flashlight inside. Diane groaned; she was certain that she was in the middle of a horror movie. Alexis was surprisingly grateful because she needed the items. She sincerely thanked Mac for his thoughtfulness. As everyone chatted and enjoyed themselves, Molly practically shoved Mac and Alexis under the mistletoe. As Mac and Alexis kissed, everyone clapped and cheered.

On the Haunted Star, Ethan found Luke playing cards alone in the dark. Luke was surprised that Ethan wasn't at Lucky's house. Ethan pointed out that Luke had also been invited. Luke insisted that Ethan would have to go alone; Luke claimed that he was busy. As Ethan joined his father at the table, he told Luke that Rebecca had left town. Luke felt bad for Ethan because he knew that Ethan had feelings for Rebecca. Ethan brushed them off; he realized that he had lost Rebecca the moment that she had laid eyes on Nikolas.

Luke confessed, "He seems to have that effect on women. What's that about?" Ethan didn't understand the appeal of Nikolas either. Luke made another attempt to persuade Ethan to attend Lucky's party, but Ethan refused to go without Luke. Eventually they decided to leave it to chance. If Luke drew the high card then Ethan would go to the party alone. If Ethan drew the high card then Luke would accompany Ethan to Lucky's house.

Elizabeth, Cameron, and Jake arrived at Lucky's shortly before the party started. Cameron was excited when he saw the Christmas tree; he wondered if they could spend the night. Elizabeth explained that Santa knew where they lived. She suggested that they write Santa a note to let him know that they would be together with Lucky the next Christmas. Lucky loved Elizabeth's compromise.

After Elizabeth took the boys to their room to play, she joined Lucky in the living room. Lucky mentioned that Bobbie was in Seattle with Lucas. Elizabeth was curious if Lucky had heard from Luke. Lucky confided that he didn't have any idea if he father intended to join them for the family get-together. Ethan arrived moments later, carrying presents for everyone, with jellybeans for the kids.

While Elizabeth took the treats to Cameron and Jake, Lucky wondered if Ethan had talked to Luke. Ethan reluctantly admitted that he didn't think that Luke would show up. Tracy arrived shortly afterwards. She admitted that she had tried to persuade Luke to join her, but he had refused. Lucky appreciated Tracy's efforts. While Ethan fetched Tracy a drink, Lucky stepped away to put some finishing touches on the decorations. Elizabeth approached Lucky to lend him her support.

Lucky was frustrated because he realized that something was bothering his father. He decided that he needed to make an effort to talk to Luke. Lucky apologized for leaving the party, but he promised Elizabeth that he would return as soon as he could. Nikolas and Spencer arrived later. Nikolas explained that they were late because Spencer had insisted that he needed to take along some mistletoe. Spencer proudly held up the mistletoe and then ordered Nikolas and Elizabeth to kiss. Elizabeth leaned down to kiss Spencer instead.

Lucky entered the Haunted Star to find his father alone. Luke invited Lucky to join him for cup of freshly brewed coffee. While Luke fetched the coffee, Lucky told him that Laura had called. Laura wanted Lucky, Elizabeth, and the boys to spend the next Christmas in Paris with her. Luke smiled as he handed Lucky a cup of coffee. Luke fondly recalled a Christmas in Paris when Lucky had been a child.

Lucky admitted that he cherished his childhood. Lucky assured his father that Luke and Laura had given him a life that most people could only dream about. Lucky missed those days, but he knew that there was no going back. Lucky believed that the present held it's own miracles; he had noticed many in recent days, such as Ethan and Lucky managing to spend time together in the same room without fighting, Lucky's continued sobriety, and Lucky and Elizabeth's discovery of the perfect piece property for their new house. Lucky didn't need any big miracles from his father; he just needed Luke to spend Christmas with him.

Ethan read a Christmas story to Cameron, Jake, and Spencer. Meanwhile Lulu picked up Laura's angel for the top of the tree. All heads turned when Luke and Lucky entered. Tracy kissed her husband as Lucky took the angel from Lulu and then placed it on the top of the tree. Cameron looked up at the angel and then waved to it.

12/22/10 At the Scorpio-Drake residence, Robin and Patrick decorated the Christmas tree. Robin admitted that it was both easy and difficult to have him there. Patrick offered to leave, but Robin insisted that he stay because she wanted Emma to have a perfect Christmas. Moments later, Mac arrived. Mac was less than pleased to see Patrick standing in the living room.

Patrick and Robin explained why Patrick was there. Mac realized that he had to accept their decision, but he wasn't happy about it. Robin decided to change the subject by reminding Mac of Luke and Tracy's wedding. Robin thought that Mac should go because Alexis was there. Mac promised to think about it and then left.

Robin confessed to Patrick that she had no idea why she had pushed Mac to find love when her own love life was a mess. Patrick reminded her that love was one of the greatest things in life, if it was properly nurtured and cherished. Later, Emma was excited as she stared at the decorations and Christmas tree. Robin held her daughter as Patrick carefully hung Emma's stocking on the fireplace. Afterwards, they helped Emma find her bear ornament in the tree.

Jason and Sam entered the penthouse with a small Christmas tree. Sam placed the tiny tree on the table as Jason chuckled. Sam refused to apologize for picking such a spindly tree. She reminded Jason that he had no room to talk because he had a tendency to pick up strays himself. Sam then held up some mistletoe, so that Jason would kiss her.

After the kiss, Sam decided to fetch the box of Christmas ornaments, so that they could decorate the tree. Moments later, Molly stopped by to pick up Jason for a shopping trip. Molly insisted that Jason needed help to pick out the perfect gift for Sam. Sam appeared at the top of the stairs in time to hear her sister's comment. Sam informed Molly that Jason wouldn't be going anywhere because they had plans to decorate the tree.

Molly was aghast when she saw the little tree on the living room table. Sam ignored Molly's reaction as she invited Molly to help them decorate. Molly agreed and then proceeded to offer decorating tips. Michael stopped by moments later. Michael smiled when he saw the small tree, but he accepted Sam's offer to help them decorate it. Molly was about to tell everyone how the tradition of the Christmas tree began when Spinelli walked in. Spinelli stopped short when he saw everyone standing in the living room. Spinelli admitted that he hadn't been expecting anyone to be home. Jason invited Spinelli to join them, but Spinelli insisted that he had an important project to work on and then disappeared into his room.

Later, Michael and Molly talked about a ski trip that Molly and Kristina planned to go on. Michael recommended a certain ski run for them to try, but Molly suggested that he join them on the trip. Michael didn't think that the court would give him permission to leave town, but Jason and Sam encouraged Michael to make the request. Jason and Sam thought that it would be good for Michael to take a short vacation. Moments later, Spinelli returned to the living room, dressed up in a suit.

Jason wondered where Spinelli was headed to, but Spinelli refused to tell them anything. After Spinelli left, Molly confessed that she suspected that Spinelli intended to win back Maxie. Later, everyone enjoyed cookies and eggnog as they looked at their handiwork. Molly offered to take Jason shopping for Sam's present, but Jason assured Molly that it wasn't necessary because he had already bought a gift for Sam. Sam insisted that she didn't need a present.

According to Sam, spending time with them decorating the tree had been all that she had wanted. Sam admitted that she had spent most Christmases alone, so she appreciated celebrating the holiday with them. As Sam talked about what their company meant to her, Jason realized that he and Michael needed to do something. Jason ordered Michael to grab a coat because they had to go somewhere.

At Crimson, Matt was surprised to find Maxie working alone in the office. Maxie was not in a festive mood. She decided that her gift to Matt would be to end their relationship. Maxie explained that she was not a nice person because she was shallow, vain, and incapable of sustaining a relationship. Maxie insisted that she was poison to the men in her life, which was why they either died horribly or got their hearts shattered.

Matt appreciated Maxie's honesty, but he refused to let her end things with him. Maxie couldn't understand why Matt didn't seize the opportunity to be free of her. She reminded him that she had been horrible to him. Maxie doubted that the sex was worth a broken heart. Matt disagreed; he insisted that the sex between them was fantastic.

Maxie argued that she wasn't worth dying over. Matt laughed; he doubted that he would end up dead because of Maxie. He also informed her that it was on him if he ended up getting his heart stomped on. Matt thought that Maxie was worth the risk. Maxie continued to try to push Matt away, but he stood his ground. Matt finally resorted to kissing Maxie to prove to her that she was the woman for him.

Matt assured her that she didn't have to be anything other than what she was. He thought that she was gorgeous, loyal, and everything that he had ever wanted. Maxie began to soften. Matt noticed the plant sitting on the table. He was curious why she didn't have a tree for the office.

Maxie explained that the fire had destroyed everything; the ornaments were gone, just like her mother and Georgie were. Matt could see the pain in Maxie's eyes, so he offered to take her shopping for a tree and new ornaments. Matt insisted that they could make new memories together. Maxie smiled as she accepted Matt's sweet offer.

At the Quartermaine mansion, the minister asked if anyone objected to Luke and Tracy's marriage. Alice started to stand up, but Edward threatened to fire her if she didn't sit down. Alice grudgingly complied. As the ceremony continued, Tracy appeared to grow increasingly resistant to marrying Luke, so she stopped the wedding before the minister could finish the ceremony. Tracy demanded to see the prenuptial agreement.

Luke refused to hand it over, so Tracy started to walk away. Lulu and Brook Lynn sprang into action. Lulu reminded Tracy that Luke was in love with Tracy. Meanwhile, Brook Lynn insisted that Tracy was being ridiculous. Brook Lynn decided to speak for everyone by ordering Tracy to get married, so that they could all have a "damn drink already." The guests applauded loudly.

Brook Lynn suggested that Tracy get out of her own way because it was clear to everyone that Tracy loved Luke. Brook Lynn urged Tracy to take a chance by returning to the altar to complete the wedding ceremony. Tracy hesitated for a moment and then joined Luke at the altar. The minister completed the ceremony and then pronounced Luke and Tracy to be "husband and wife." Luke and Tracy kissed as everyone, except Alice, clapped.

Later, Tracy thanked the minister for putting up with their antics. The minister acknowledged that it had been a memorable wedding. Luke and Tracy gave the minister a sizeable donation for his trouble. The minister assured them that it wasn't necessary; however, he promised them that he was a real clergyman. Alexis confirmed that she had verified the minister's credentials. Brook Lynn pulled Tracy aside to find out if Tracy was mad at her. Brook Lynn explained that she had stepped in because she hoped that someone would do the same for her if she ever tried to walk out on the man that she loved.

In the den, Jax was annoyed to find Carly exchanging text messages with someone. Carly refused to tell Jax what it was about, but she hinted that it had to do with Christmas. Jax decided to let the matter drop. Later, Lulu and Dante took a break in the den. Lulu was relieved that the wedding was over. She confessed that she had thought that Tracy would bolt before the ceremony.

Lulu admitted that she understood why Tracy had been afraid. She realized that it was scary to put one's heart on the line. Dante vowed that he would never make Lulu regret opening her heart to him. Lulu smiled as Dante leaned forward to kiss her. Afterwards, Lulu and Dante returned to the reception.

Ethan toasted to the bride and groom. After Luke and Tracy kissed, Lucky offered his own toast. Lucky confessed that he was happy that Luke and Tracy had managed to find a way to make things work. Lucky conceded that Luke and Tracy were mismatched in many ways, but they had fought hard to be together. Lulu spoke to Tracy when it was her turn to make a toast.

Lulu recalled that she had referred to Tracy as "the step-monster" when Luke had first married Tracy. However, Lulu had eventually gotten to know Tracy, so Lulu realized what a deep, special, and remarkable person Tracy was. Lulu felt lucky to have Tracy in her life and honored to be able to call Tracy, "stepmother." As everyone applauded, Tracy hugged Lulu. Luke decided to share his thoughts about what it meant for him to be able to call Tracy his wife.

Luke credited Tracy for making his life interesting; he insisted that he deeply loved Tracy and always would. Tracy kissed her husband as the guests clapped with approval. Afterwards, Tracy admitted that she was at a loss for words. Tracy confessed that she had never been happier and then thanked everyone for witnessing the rare moment.

Nearby, Siobhan admitted to Lucky that it had been an interesting ceremony. Lucky revealed that Luke and Tracy had inspired him because he realized that he could find love again. Siobhan was impressed with the grandeur of the house, which she admitted that she could get used to. Lucky smiled as he jokingly invited Siobhan to seek out Nikolas. Siobhan declined; she was content with Lucky.

Edward let Ethan know that he had plans for Ethan. Luke stepped in before Edward could elaborate. After Ethan went to fetch Luke a drink, Luke warned Edward to forget about grooming Ethan to be Edward's heir. Edward grumbled, but let the matter drop. After Edward invited Tracy to dance, Luke turned to Alice.

Alice remained downcast about Luke's wedding. Luke decided to cheer Alice up by dancing with her. Alice and Luke were vigorously swaying to the music when Mac walked in. Mac congratulated Luke on going through with the marriage, but it quickly became clear that Mac assumed that Luke had married Alice. Luke quickly clarified that he had married Tracy. Mac was happy for Luke anyway.

After Luke and Alice twirled away, Mac spotted Alexis across the room. Alexis waved when she saw Mac. Later, Tracy tracked down Luke to let him know that something about the prenuptial agreement had been bothering her. She was certain that Luke has signed it, "Rutherford B. Hayes." Luke confessed that he would never have been so predictable; he had signed it, "Wile E. Coyote." Tracy burst out laughing.

Nearby, Sonny spotted Brenda slipping out of the room, so he decided to follow her. Brenda went to the den, where she bumped into Carly. Carly continued to exchange text messages with Spinelli, but she put her phone away to focus on Brenda. Brenda acknowledged that she and Carly hated each other, but Brenda hoped to reach an understanding to avoid further problems. Brenda told Carly about Sonny's Christmas brunch for the children, so she hoped that Carly would let Morgan attend.

Carly thought that it was a conversation that Sonny should have with her, not Brenda. Carly didn't think that Brenda had any business getting involved in the children's lives. Brenda was curious if Carly were still in love with Sonny. Carly denied that she had feelings for Sonny. Brenda wondered why Carly continued to try to make things worse if Carly were over Sonny.

Carly snidely suggested that they couldn't all be like Brenda. Sonny entered seconds later. He immediately picked up on the tension in the room. After Carly marched out, Brenda admitted that she had asked Carly to let Morgan attend the Christmas brunch. Sonny assured Brenda that he could handle Carly. Brenda was curious why Sonny had ever gotten involved with Carly.

Sonny decided to take Brenda for a walk instead of answering the question. A short time later, Brenda was delighted that Sonny had led her to Lila's rose garden. She recalled that she had spent hours, daydreaming in the garden about how things might have been if she and Sonny had stayed together. Sonny confessed that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with Brenda. He acknowledged that he had made a lot of mistakes, but he promised that he loved Brenda and always would, until the day that he died. Brenda was surprised when Sonny asked her to marry him.

Edward stared at a picture of Lila as he told her about Tracy's wedding. He was certain that Lila would have loved it because she had always had a soft spot for Luke. Edward assured Lila that their daughter was happy, but he missed his wife. Edward heard someone open the patio doors, so he turned to tell the person to use the front door. Edward was shocked to see Jason and Michael enter. "Merry Christmas," Jason and Michael greeted Edward.

Lulu was surprised to see Spinelli arrive for Luke and Tracy's reception. Spinelli explained that he was there to make amends with Dante. Carly appeared stunned when she overheard Spinelli's comment. Spinelli led Dante and Lulu to a quiet corner to continue their conversation. Spinelli insisted that, in the spirit of forgiveness, the moniker, "Dante the Betrayer," would be retired. Dante held out his hand. Spinelli hesitated a moment and then shook Dante's hand. Lulu was thrilled. After Dante and Lulu went to dance, Carly motioned Spinelli to join her in the foyer. Carly demanded to know if Spinelli had what she wanted.

Spinelli reluctantly handed over some documents, which Carly quickly scanned. Carly smiled triumphantly when she discovered that Dante and Brenda had a child together and that Dante had given Brenda full custody of the baby. Carly confessed that the information was better than she had hoped. She took particular delight in knowing that Brenda was the mother of Sonny's grandchild.

12/23/11 Elizabeth encouraged Cameron to go to bed so Santa could make his appearance. There was a knock on the door, and Cameron shouted, "That's why Dad left," just as Liz opened it to find Ewen. Liz invited Ewen in, despite the fact that she was annoyed by his presence. After Cameron went to bed, Ewen explained that Cameron's reaction had been normal, given the circumstances. She felt it inappropriate that Ewen had gone to her house. He gave her a gift, a blank canvas and painting supplies. Elizabeth was a bit stunned by the offering. After Ewen left, Cameron walked in and told Liz he loved her.

Robin sought a medical referral from Brenda, telling her that she was inquiring on behalf of a patient. She thanked Brenda for giving her Dr. Makeba's name. Patrick walked in as Robin hung up. They finished wrapping Emma's gifts. Patrick insisted Robin open one gift, an envelope. Inside it was the deed to their new homestead. Robin broke down in tears but explained it was because she was happy. She and Patrick had each other and Emma, and everything they'd ever wanted. "It just feels too good to be true," she mused.

Robin then gave Patrick a new video recorder. Emma awoke and joined them in the living room. Patrick began to film his girls and made note that Robin was not being camera-shy, as she usually was. Robin made the point that she wanted Emma to have that memory forever. Emma fell asleep, and Robin and Patrick embraced as Dr. Makeba called. Dante introduced Lulu to his cousin Tommy, the priest. Lulu was amused by his nickname for Dante, "Stud." She thought the church to be a little too formal for the wedding, and Dante gave her another chance to back out, but Lulu told him there wasn't a chance she would.

An excited Olivia ran in and announced that the rest of the family would soon arrive, which prompted Lulu to go get dressed. Dante asked his mom to call everyone and ask them not to go. Olivia begrudgingly complied. After disinviting everyone, Olivia returned, just as Lulu, in a beautiful dress, walked into the sanctuary. To cover the something old, borrowed, and blue requirements, Olivia gave Lulu a family heirloom tied with a blue ribbon. She included a bouquet of new flowers, to complete the tradition.

Cousin Tommy performed the ceremony. As he was about to pronounce the couple "man and wife," Dante and Lulu realized they didn't have rings with them. Olivia, not to leave things to chance, had visited Dante's uncle and gotten two rings. Extemporaneously, Lulu and Dante each made vows before Tommy joined them in holy matrimony. Olivia ran out to the foyer and invited the family in; they'd been outside waiting the whole time.

At the Quartermaine mansion, the family celebrated as per their custom: griping and sniping at one another. Monica longed to have Jason home. She worried about his health and the uncontrolled rages he'd been having. Edward reminisced about Lila's gifts, and Monica remembered Alan's. Lila had planned to give Edward monogrammed cuff links the year she had died but hadn't ordered them in time. The last gift Monica had received from Alan was a bracelet. He'd planned to give her a new one each year thereafter but had died before the following Christmas. Secretly, Tracy asked Alice to run to Harrington's and purchase the cuff links and bracelet.

Later, Edward, Monica, and Tracy returned to find wrapped presents under the tree. Tracy was surprised that one was for her. She opened the card, which was an invitation to the Metro Court's New Year's Eve celebration. On the back was the handwritten note, "You've got the rock; I've got the setting." Accompanying the card was a velvet satchel with a ring inside. Examining Tracy's enigmatic gifts, Edward and Monica, both amazed, enjoyed the surprise. Alice rushed in and quietly apologized to Tracy. Harrington's had been closed, so she hadn't been able to buy the presents. Tracy was astonished.

Jason and Sam shared a peaceful Christmas Eve at the penthouse, alone. They exchanged gifts. Each had given the other an ornament by the same artist. She got a Phoenix, and he a dragon.

Lucky went back to Siobhan's altar at the churchyard in Ireland. He was thankful for the sign he'd received the last time he'd been there: the mystic message that Aiden was sick. He asked for a path to follow. Someone entered the yard. Lucky recognized them and asked, "Are you here to shore up my faith, or shatter it."

12/26/12 At the hospital, Steve and Olivia were enjoying the Christmas carolers when Olivia spotted Spinelli, carrying Maxie, exiting the elevator. Maxie groaned in pain, so Olivia implored Steve to help Maxie, but Steve carefully explained that it was just a vision. Olivia looked back to where Spinelli and Maxie had been standing, but they were gone. She was certain that the vision meant that something was wrong with the baby, but Steve assured Olivia that everything was fine. He urged Olivia relax and join her family at Sonny's for Christmas Eve dinner.

At Maxie's apartment, Lulu and Dante arrived to check on Maxie and to pick up Ellie for a party at Sonny's. Lulu handed Maxie a plate of chocolate-covered pretzels that Lulu's grandmother, Lesley, had made. Lulu wondered how Maxie was feeling, so Maxie assured Lulu that everything was fine. Lulu admitted that it would be a Christmas miracle if it turned out that Maxie was pregnant with Lulu and Dante's baby. After everyone left, Maxie picked up the phone.

Carly stopped by Michael's apartment to wish her son a merry Christmas. Michael explained that he and Starr were about to leave, but Carly assured him that it wouldn't take long. She handed him a present and insisted that Michael open it. Michael's brow furrowed in confusion as he looked at the piece of paper, so Carly explained that it was the proxy for his shares of ELQ. Carly had decided to let Michael use the shares as he saw fit. Carly appreciated that Michael wanted to build a relationship with A.J., but she cautioned Michael not to lose sight of what was important to him, especially after everything that he had endured in prison. Michael insisted that he needed to figure things out for himself, so Carly assured him that she wasn't there to argue. Starr, who had been hovering in the doorway, listening, entered the living room. Carly and Starr exchanged a brief greeting before Carly left with parting instructions for Michael to call Josslyn.

Michael showed Starr the proxy that Carly had given him. Starr congratulated him and then reminded him that he had planned for them to spend the evening with his father. She was curious which father he had meant: Sonny or A.J. Michael realized that Starr didn't have a high opinion of A.J., so he told her that he had confronted A.J. about setting Sonny up to look bad at the gym. Starr was surprised when Michael revealed that A.J. had told the truth. She assured him that she didn't mind where they spent the evening, as long as they didn't run into Todd.

Michael was curious what was going on between Starr and Todd, so Starr told him about Johnny's visit and Todd faking a heart attack to force her to rush to Todd's side. Starr was certain that Todd had pulled the stunt to keep Johnny from telling her something, which made her nervous. Starr admitted that she knew what it was like to want a relationship with a father who was flawed, but Carly had been right to warn Michael to be careful. Michael tensed as he asked if Starr had heard what Carly had said about his time in jail. Starr realized that something had big had happened, but she didn't know the details.

Michael decided to tell Starr about his rape. He assured her that he had gone to therapy, which had helped, but he confessed that he hadn't told anyone outside of his family, except for Abby and Starr. Starr assured Michael that it didn't change how she felt about him. Michael and Starr kissed. Later, Michael reminded her that they had to go to Sonny or A.J.'s house, but Starr decided that they should stay in. Michael smiled and kissed Starr again. They made their way to the bedroom, where they made love.

At Manning Enterprises, Connie appeared in the doorway, sporting a necklace that flashed colorful Christmas lights and played a Christmas tune. Todd was not pleased, so she was curious why he was in such a foul mood. Todd reminded her that they had a problem with Johnny, but Connie assured Todd that Johnny wouldn't spill their secrets anytime soon. Leery, Todd asked her what she had done to Johnny. Connie was evasive, but Todd turned off the music on her necklace and demanded an answer.

Connie made a gesture indicating that she had killed Johnny, so Todd asked her point-blank if she had murdered Johnny. Carly arrived before Connie could answer Todd's question. Carly demanded to know where Johnny was, but Connie claimed that she didn't know. Connie quickly deflected by suggesting that Todd and Carly would make the perfect sitcom couple and then left. Carly admitted that she despised Connie.

Todd chuckled, because he wouldn't have been able to trust Carly if she hadn't disliked Connie. However, Todd was curious what was going on between Carly and Johnny because he had heard Carly's message. Carly explained that Johnny had implored her to meet him at the penthouse, but Connie had greeted Carly upon arrival. Carly revealed that Connie had claimed that she hadn't seen Johnny, so she was curious if Connie might have mentioned something to Todd. Todd shook his head and deftly changed the subject by asking why Carly was there. Carly revealed that Josslyn was spending the holiday with Jax, Morgan was in Paris with friends, and Michael had had plans, so she was alone.

Carly wondered why Todd wasn't spending the evening with Starr, so Todd tried to shrug it off. Carly sensed that there was friction between Todd and Starr, but Todd would only tell her that he had "screwed up" again. Carly had thought that she was past spending Christmases alone, so Todd pointed out that he was there. Carly argued that he was working, but Todd revealed that he was only in his office because he hadn't had anything else to do, so he suggested that they spend Christmas together.

Later, Carly smiled as she and Todd finished decorating a large potted plant with various office supplies. Todd decided that their impromptu Christmas "tree" needed one more thing, so he instructed Carly to close her eyes. Carly decided to pour a glass of wine instead, so Todd put the Christmas necklace that Connie had left behind on the top of the tree and turned on the music. Carly smiled as they wished each other merry Christmas.

At Greystone Manor, Max and Milo put the finishing touches on the dinner table's place settings, while Spinelli checked his phone. Max noticed that Spinelli seemed tense, so Spinelli explained that he was eager to introduce everyone to his paramour. Milo was surprised because he hadn't realized that Ellie couldn't walk. Max informed his younger brother that a paramour was someone who saw ghosts. Spinelli decided not to correct either of the Giambetti brothers. Shortly afterwards, Maxie called Spinelli to ask him to meet her at her apartment.

Spinelli explained that he was busy, but Maxie insisted that it was an emergency. Spinelli raced to Maxie's apartment and burst through the door. Maxie was munching on the chocolate-covered pretzels as she greeted Spinelli. Spinelli demanded to know if everything was okay, so Maxie admitted that she had felt overwhelmed because everyone wanted her to be pregnant, but she couldn't forget Olivia's strange visions. Spinelli relaxed and explained that what Maxie felt was dread. Moments later, Olivia called to check on Maxie. Maxie assured Olivia that everything was fine and ended the call. Spinelli announced that he had to leave, but he only made it as far as the door when Maxie doubled over with intense cramps. Spinelli quickly rushed her to the hospital.

In the foyer of Sonny's home, Trey thanked Kristina for inviting him to spend Christmas Eve with her. Kristina admitted that she cared about Trey, so she couldn't stand the thought of him being alone on Christmas after everything that he had been through. Trey was curious if she cared enough about him to move to Los Angeles with him.

In the parlor, Sonny told Alexis and Shawn that he had thought that he'd be spending the holiday with Kate and Michael, but instead, Kate was gone, and Michael was debating whether to spend the evening with Sonny or A.J. Alexis tried to offer Sonny words of encouragement, but Sonny couldn't understand why Michael had been so upset, since Sonny could have hurt A.J. far worse in the boxing ring than he had. Shawn was certain that Starr had told Michael about A.J.'s attempt to make Sonny look bad, but Sonny accused A.J. of having another trick up his sleeve. Moments later, Kristina and Trey entered.

Sonny greeted his daughter and Trey. Sonny conceded that he hadn't liked Joe, but he appreciated that Trey had loved him, so Sonny knew that it was a difficult holiday for Trey, especially given what had happened to Kate. After Sonny walked away, Alexis asked Kristina where Molly was. Kristina admitted that Molly had decided to volunteer at a soup kitchen with T.J. because it exemplified the true spirit of Christmas.

A short time later, Lulu, Dante, and Ellie arrived. Max explained that Spinelli had left to attend a quick errand, so he offered to fetch Ellie a peppermint martini. Ellie accepted and joined the rest of the guests in the parlor. Sonny greeted Olivia when she arrived. She handed him fresh baked biscotti that she had made and asked him where Michael was. Sonny admitted that he had no idea, so he wondered if her visions could help. Olivia confessed that her visions weren't that reliable, so they adjourned to the parlor. Elsewhere, Ellie received a text message from Spinelli explaining that he would be there soon.

Sonny thanked his gathered guests for attending his Christmas Eve celebration. He confessed that he looked forward to the following year when his grandchild could be with them. Sonny then talked about those who couldn't be there including Jason, Michael, and Kate. As if on cue, Connie boldly strolled in. Sonny wondered why she wasn't at home with Johnny, so Connie claimed that Johnny was busy Christmas shopping. Sonny wondered why Connie was there, so she explained that she needed an answer about doing the photo shoot at his gym.

Sonny saw through the lie; he realized that she had nowhere else to go, so he invited her to stay. Connie immediately accepted. After everyone cleared out of the room, Connie approached Trey to ask him if he had ever envisioned them breaking bread together. Trey wasn't in the mood to deal with Connie, so she agreed to leave him alone. Connie admitted that she had despised Joe, but she refused to kick her kid while Trey was down. Later, Trey was outside, watching the snow fall, when Kristina joined him and revealed that she intended to move to Los Angeles with him.

Later, Steve called Olivia to tell her that Maxie had been admitted to the hospital. Lulu, Dante, and Olivia raced to the hospital. Maxie was seated on an examination table as they entered the hospital room. Everyone's concern turned to joy when Maxie revealed that she was pregnant.

Meanwhile, Ellie received another text message from Spinelli promising that he would be there soon. Ellie grew tired of waiting, so she grabbed her things and headed out the door just as Spinelli arrived. Spinelli tried to explain why he had been late, but Ellie didn't care because she knew that he had been with Maxie and that Maxie would always be his first priority. Spinelli was stunned when Ellie broke off their relationship and stormed away.

At the Quartermaine mansion, A.J. put Michael's present under the tree as he confessed to Monica that he hoped that Michael would join them. Tracy strolled into the parlor and immediately began to needle A.J. by asking if he was concerned that his "snow job" on Michael hadn't worked. A.J. explained that Michael had also been invited over to Sonny's house. Tracy imagined that spending the holiday with a crime lord was better than spending it with a "degenerate deadbeat." Monica reminded A.J. and Tracy that it was Christmas, so they should stop bickering, but Tracy wasn't in the mood to celebrate the holiday without Edward.

Tracy insisted that A.J. belonged in jail, but A.J. pointed out that the charges had been dropped against him. Tracy and A.J. continued to trade insults. Frustrated, A.J. admitted that he wished that they could find a way to break the tie, so that he could remove Tracy as CEO of ELQ. Monica surprised both of them by announcing that there might be a way. Monica picked up a jar of Lucy's cream as she explained that Lucy had one percent of ELQ's shares. A.J. was curious if Monica had Lucy's telephone number. Lucy, decked out in a sexy, festive Santa dress and hat, entered the parlor as she inquired if someone had said her name. Monica demanded to know how Lucy had managed to get into the mansion, so Lucy confessed that she hadn't returned the key that she had taken. Lucy admitted that it was good to see A.J. and then picked up Alan's picture to kiss it. Lucy felt bad that Alan couldn't be there to see A.J., so A.J. admitted that he felt the same way.

Alice offered to toss Lucy out, but Lucy insisted that she was part of the family because Lucy had once been married to Alan. Monica argued that Lucy had only been married to Alan for less than a year. Lucy explained that she had stocking stuffers for everyone, but Monica wasn't impressed. However, A.J. and Tracy seized the opportunity to garner favor with Lucy. A.J. fetched Lucy a glass of wine, while Tracy handed Lucy two presents, which she said Lucy could exchange if they didn't fit.

Lucy basked in the attention, but Monica insisted that A.J. and Tracy only cared about Lucy's one-percent share of ELQ. A.J. pleaded his case, but Lucy was reluctant to support A.J.'s bid for control of ELQ because A.J. had once tried to kill Alan. Tracy reminded Lucy that A.J. had also embezzled millions from ELQ. A.J. regretted what had happened with Alan and assured Lucy that the money had been returned. Tracy promised to take care of Lucy by giving Lucy a job, if Lucy voted with Tracy. A.J. warned Lucy that Tracy was driving ELQ into bankruptcy, but Lucy reminded A.J. and Tracy that she ran CoeCoe Cosmetics, so she didn't need a job at ELQ.

Later, Tracy left the parlor, muttering under her breath that she couldn't stand Lucy. "You and me both, sister," Monica replied as she left the parlor with Tracy. Tracy was shocked that Monica had referred to her as sister. Monica explained that they had to stick together because Lucy was back. "Merry Christmas to you, sister," Tracy replied with a smile.

Meanwhile, A.J. and Sonny each called Michael, assuming that Michael had opted to spend the holiday with the other. They each left Michael a message wishing him a merry Christmas.

12/26/13 Liesl sat in a jail cell, reminiscing about her childhood Christmases. She confessed that she would fall asleep dreaming about holiday wishes, but as she grew older, she had learned the hard way that not every little girl got what she wanted for Christmas. "Even on this special day, people can still be sad," Liesl said and then mused that they could also be feeling scared and guilty. She had finally realized that Christmas was not about mistletoe, snowmen, or gifts; it was a reminder to seek refuge with loved ones from a cruel world. She supposed that was what had made it difficult for both her and Sonny to be locked up in jail on Christmas.

At the Drake residence, Patrick and Robin woke up in bed together. Robin smiled as she snuggled close to Patrick and reminded herself that she hadn't been dreaming. "We found our way back to each other," she quietly said. Patrick promised his wife that nothing would ever tear them apart again, so she leaned up to kiss him. Afterwards, Patrick apologized that it had taken him so long realize that his heart had always belonged to her. Robin told him that she loved him, so she refused to let a few days of indecision stand in her way.

Robin knew that Patrick had ended things with Sabrina, so she was curious how Sabrina had taken it. Patrick admitted that Sabrina had tried to be strong, but it had been clear that she had been deeply hurt. Robin felt bad, but she refused to regret having her husband back. Patrick confessed that he was the happiest that he had ever been and then kissed his wife.

Later, Robin confided that she had been apprehensive about being intimate with Patrick again because she had been afraid that things had changed. However, she was relieved that everything was as wonderful as it had been in the past. Patrick leaned down to kiss his wife, but a loud noise drew his attention. Robin groaned as she explained that her father, Robert, had given Emma a didgeridoo for Christmas. Moments later, Emma burst through the door, blowing into the didgeridoo and then adopting an Australian accent to announce that it was Christmas.

Robin, Patrick, and Emma went to the living room to open presents. Emma ripped into the present that Robin had picked up for her daughter, but Emma's enthusiasm waned when she saw that it was a Koala bear because Emma already had one. Patrick tactfully pointed out that the new Koala bear could be a buddy to "Snowflake" and keep it from being lonely. Emma smiled and then dove under the tree to retrieve another gift.

Emma held up a present and announced that it was from Sabrina, so she opened it and then exclaimed with delight because it was a Dyna Girl adventure kit and exactly what she had wanted. Emma was eager to thank Sabrina, so Robin assured her daughter that it would be fine. Satisfied, Emma returned to the tree to play with her gifts, so Patrick quietly asked if Robin was okay. "Not yet, but I will be," Robin assured him.

Later, Patrick surprised Robin by handing her a small box. Nestled inside, was Robin's wedding ring. Patrick slid the ring onto Robin's finger as she confessed that it was prettier than she had remembered. Robin's eyes filled with tears of joy as Patrick kissed her. Emma saw the tears and worried that something was wrong, but Robin assured her daughter that everything was okay. However, Robin felt bad that she hadn't gotten Patrick a present, but he quickly assured Robin that his gift had been her returning home.

In Sabrina's apartment, Sabrina sat on the sofa, quietly crying until Carlos entered the room. Carlos sported a bandage that wrapped around his shoulder and chest as he faced Sabrina and asked if she was okay. Sabrina put on a brave face, but Carlos accused her of looking terrible. Sabrina countered that he wasn't in a position to talk, so Carlos pointed out that he had an excuse; he had been shot.

Sabrina confessed that she had been afraid that he would die, but Carlos rushed to assure her that he was fine because an incredible nurse had saved his life by digging out the bullet and patching him up. Sabrina decided that she deserved to know the truth about what had happened, so she demanded to know who had shot him. Carlos explained that he couldn't tell her, but Sabrina wasn't fooled. She knew that Carlos had become involved with mob, so he admitted that she was right.

Sabrina wanted one good reason why she shouldn't call the police, so Carlos warned her that it would be too dangerous because Sonny wanted to finish the job, and Sonny's eldest son was a lead detective with the Port Charles Police Department. Sabrina agreed not to call the police, but she made it clear that Carlos couldn't stay. Carlos begged Sabrina to reconsider because he needed time to figure things out. Sabrina reminded him that he had an apartment, but Carlos explained that it would be too dangerous because he couldn't risk Sonny or the Jeromes tracking him down.

Carlos revealed that he hadn't been in contact with Julian or Ava in days, so he was afraid that they might suspect Carlos of revealing their secrets to the enemy like Vince had. Sabrina was curious who Vince was, but Carlos insisted that it didn't matter because Vince was dead. Rattled, Sabrina agreed to let Carlos stay. Carlos thanked her and then confessed that it was nice to spend Christmas with her. Sabrina muttered that she hadn't had anywhere else to go, so Carlos realized that Patrick had gone back to Robin.

Sabrina's eyes filled with tears of anger as she invited Carlos to gloat that he had been right all along. Carlos assured Sabrina that he had never wanted her to be hurt, but he had known all along that Patrick would break her heart. Sabrina cried as she confessed that she was deeply hurt.

At the loft, Lulu sipped on a cup of coffee as she gazed at a picture of baby Connie. Dante emerged from the bathroom and announced that he had to dash out to question Sonny because Olivia had gone to the hospital to check on Max. Lulu felt terrible for Milo because she knew how much Milo loved his brother, Max. Dante conceded that Max was a good guy despite being on the opposite side of the law.

Dante and Lulu decided to exchange gifts first, so they went to the bedroom. Lulu opened a present and was somewhat surprised when she pulled out a sports jersey. Dante explained that she should have her own instead of wearing his to bed all of the time. He also confessed that it was his understanding that cotton was customary for a second wedding anniversary gift. Lulu was horrified that she had forgotten their anniversary, but Dante rushed to assure her that it was okay because he recognized that she'd had other things on her mind. Lulu admitted that things had seemed more hopeful for her and Dante when they had married, so Dante pulled his wife close and then assured her that they would get through their latest setback.

Shortly after Dante left, Nikolas stopped by with Britt and Ben in tow. Britt hid her discomfort behind a brittle smile as Lulu wished the baby a Merry Christmas. Nikolas greeted his sister and then asked how the baby plans were going. Lulu explained that a paperwork snafu had resulted in the embryos being destroyed, so her and Dante's hopes of having a baby had been shattered. Britt disagreed and then explained that she would be happy to help Lulu and Dante start the process over again. Britt pointed out that Dante and Lulu could be parents to a child of their own by the next Christmas.

At the Quartermaine mansion, Michael and Kiki watched as A.J. opened his gift from them. A.J. looked at the tickets as Michael explained that they were for the play, Peter and the Starcatcher. A.J. thanked them, but Michael sensed that something was troubling A.J. Kiki excused herself to answer the door when the doorbell rang, so A.J. took the opportunity to apologize to his son. A.J. admitted that he had been having difficulty enjoying anything since the trial.

Michael appreciated what A.J. had been through, but he reminded A.J. that A.J. had a lot to be grateful for. A.J. disagreed; A.J. had been acquitted because of a lack of evidence rather than a lack of guilt. Michael insisted that there had been room for reasonable doubt, so he urged his father to consider the possibility that A.J.'s lack of memory of the murder meant that A.J. hadn't killed Connie. A.J. thought that it was a nice sentiment, but he wondered who else could have killed Connie.

Meanwhile, Ava stood on the doorstep of the mansion as she left a voicemail message for Morgan. She was upset that he had left without waking her up because she already had enough to worry about with Carlos missing. Ava hoped that Morgan had decided to lay low instead of going to the hospital to check on Max.

Moments later, Kiki opened the door. Kiki was not pleased to see her mother, but Ava held up a bag as she explained that she had Christmas presents for Kiki and Michael. Kiki wasn't interested, but Ava ignored her daughter as she brushed past Kiki and entered the mansion, uninvited. Kiki explained that it had been bad enough to know that Ava had been sleeping with Morgan, but it was worse knowing that Ava had turned Morgan into a killer. Ava tensed as she carefully asked what Kiki had been talking about. Kiki reminded her mother that Morgan had left Michael to drown in the harbor after a physical altercation on the piers. Kiki noticed her mother sag with relief, so she realized that Ava was hiding something. However, Michael stepped out of the parlor before Kiki could question her mother. Michael explained that Milo had called, so Michael and Kiki had to get to the hospital. Michael promised to explain everything while en route.

After Michael and Kiki left, Ava entered the parlor on the pretext of dropping off Christmas presents for Michael and Kiki. She put the presents under the tree and then poured herself a drink as she asked why Michael and Kiki had left in a hurry. A.J. revealed that Sonny had done it again and then explained that Sonny had apparently shot another bodyguard, which was standard behavior for Sonny.

Ava accused A.J. of being hard on Sonny, especially for a man who had murdered the woman that Sonny had loved. "Excuse me?" A.J. asked. Ava smiled pleasantly and then congratulated A.J. on his victory in court. A.J. reminded Ava that she no longer lived there, so he ordered her to leave. Ava recalled that she and A.J. had once been as thick as thieves, so she was curious what had changed. A.J. admitted that he had only been interested in Ava's shares of ELQ.

Ava suggested that A.J. celebrate. "After all, you did get away with murder," Ava added. A.J.'s temper flared as he once again ordered Ava to leave. Ava argued that she had merely spoken the truth and then reminded him that they were practically family, so he could trust her if he needed someone to confide to. A.J. ignored her invitation, so Ava warned him that it might be difficult to live with a woman's death on his conscience. A.J. refused to rise to the bait, so Ava set her glass down and then left. A.J. closed the door behind her and then picked up her drink and downed the contents of the glass.

At the hospital, Morgan stood outside of Max's hospital room as Milo and Diane sat vigil at Max's bedside. Olivia walked up and wondered what Morgan was doing there. Morgan reminded her that he cared about Max because Max had been a close family friend. Olivia was certain that Sonny would be pleased that Morgan was there with Max, so he asked where Sonny was. Olivia revealed that Sonny had been arrested because something "bad" had gone down at the warehouse. She conceded that she didn't know the details, but she was confident that things would be cleared up soon. She invited Morgan to visit Max with her, but Morgan declined because the room was crowded.

In Max's hospital room, Olivia greeted Milo and Diane and then asked for an update. Milo explained that it was too soon to know, but Max was stable for the moment. Olivia couldn't understand how Max had been shot, so Diane suggested that Olivia ask Sonny. Milo quickly reminded Diane that there wasn't any proof, but Olivia wanted to know what they were talking about. Diane explained that Sonny had confessed to shooting Max, but Milo quickly added that Sonny had claimed that it had been an accident. Later, Morgan called out to Olivia when she left Max's room. Olivia gave him an update on Max's condition and then revealed that Sonny had confessed to accidentally shooting Max. She insisted that something was off with the story, so she intended to talk to Sonny.

In Max's hospital room, Milo confessed that he felt responsible for his brother being shot because Sonny had needed two bodyguards, not one. Diane refused to let Milo blame himself because both Max and Sonny had made their choice to be a part of the mob. Diane reminded Milo that both she and Milo had made the choice to break away from that lifestyle, so she was certain that Max would not want Milo to trade places with Max. However, Diane conceded that something about the shooting hadn't added up. Milo agreed and then admitted that he wanted to find the person responsible for shooting his brother.

Meanwhile, Michael and Kiki bumped into Morgan when they arrived at the hospital to visit Max. Michael was surprised when he saw Morgan standing outside of Max's room. Morgan reminded his brother that Max had been a part of their lives for a long time, and then shifted gears to claim that it had been good to see Michael. Kiki couldn't believe that was all that Morgan had to say to Michael after leaving Michael to drown in the harbor. Morgan insisted that he could explain, but Kiki wasn't interested in hearing Morgan's excuses because Michael had nearly died. Michael quietly asked Kiki to give him a moment alone with Morgan, so Kiki reluctantly entered Max's room.

Michael demanded to know what Morgan knew about the shooting at the warehouse, so Morgan tried to play innocent. Michael was certain that Sonny had confessed to the shooting to protect someone close to Sonny. Morgan denied any knowledge of the shooting, but Michael didn't believe his brother. Michael reminded Morgan that Michael had warned Morgan that organized crime wasn't a video game; there had been real bullets fired at the warehouse. Morgan went on the offensive. "Do you really hate me like Kiki does?" Morgan asked with an expression of hurt. Michael wasn't moved because he was certain that Sonny had confessed to protect Morgan. Kiki poked her head into the hallway to let Michael know that Milo and Diane had been asking for him, so Michael reluctantly let the matter drop and entered Max's room.

Meanwhile, Sonny paced the jail cell and then sent a table flying in frustration. Liesl warned Sonny that when a caged animal paced, it was an indication that it was about to lose its mind. Sonny agreed to take that under advisement, so Liesl asked why he had been arrested. Sonny refused to discuss it, but Liesl knew what Sonny did for a living. Sonny insisted that he was a coffee importer, but Liesl reminded him that her daughter's father had tried to take over Sonny's territory not too long before.

Liesl conceded that Sonny had defended his territory admirably, but not before Faison had killed Sonny's enforcer. Sonny warned Liesl to stop talking, but she assured him that she had great respect for Sonny. According to Liesl, mob families "come and go in Port Charles like the wind," but Sonny had managed to retain a firm hold on Port Charles for twenty years. Liesl was impressed that Sonny had eluded death, rivals, and capture, so she was curious what had finally landed Sonny behind bars.

Liesl refused to believe that Anna had managed to take Sonny down, so Liesl was certain that Sonny was there by choice. Sonny growled another warning, but Liesl continued to work out the mystery. She was certain that Sonny was protecting someone close to him, and then reasoned that only a child would inspire such devotion. Moments later, Dante arrived, so Liesl perked up and made a remark about Dante being one of Sonny's children. Dante ordered Liesl to sit quietly on her cot or he would handcuff her to the table in the interrogation room, so she couldn't have any visitors. Liesl sat down, but she listened intently as Dante tried to question Sonny about the shooting at the warehouse. Sonny insisted that it had been an accident, but Dante knew that his father was lying because the warehouse had been riddled with bullets.

Sonny ordered Dante to leave it alone, but Dante suspected that Sonny was trying to protect someone. Sonny stuck to his story, prompting Dante to surmise that Morgan had somehow been involved in the shootout. Dante quickly dropped the matter when Olivia arrived for a visit, but she had picked up on the hostility between father and son, so she reminded both men that it was Christmas.

"How can you forget in a festive place like this?" Liesl sarcastically asked. "Shut up," Dante and Sonny shouted at Liesl in unison. Olivia ignored Liesl and let Dante know that Olivia intended to drop by the loft with some food later that day. Olivia wanted to know how Lulu had been holding up, so Dante admitted that it had been rough because of what had happened to the frozen embryos. Liesl smiled to herself as Olivia advised Dante to sue the hospital.

Sonny shifted gears to ask Olivia about Max. Olivia admitted that Max remained unconscious, but Milo, Diane, and Morgan were at the hospital with Max. Dante decided to head to the hospital to have a talk with his brother, so he left. Sonny tried to call Dante back, but Dante ignored his father. "How sharper than a serpent's tooth is it to have a thankless child?" Liesl quietly said.

Olivia ignored Liesl and whispered to Sonny that she didn't think that he had shot Max. However, she agreed to wait until Sonny was ready to confide to her. Sonny was curious how Morgan had been, so Olivia admitted that Morgan had been shaken by what had happened to Max. She hoped that it was the wakeup call that Morgan needed to know how important family was. Moments later, a police officer arrived to take Sonny to the interrogation room.

At the hospital, Dante saw Morgan in a waiting area across from Max's room, so he sat down to have a chat with Morgan. Dante revealed that he had spoken to their father, so Dante was certain that Sonny had confessed to cover for Morgan. Morgan refused to discuss it and started to leave, but Dante stopped Morgan. Dante assured Morgan that he wanted to help Morgan, so Dante urged Morgan to trust him with the truth. Morgan insisted that he wouldn't take the blame for Sonny and then advised Dante to keep a close eye on their father in case Sonny was "loosing it" again. Dante confessed that Morgan was more like Sonny than Morgan would ever admit and then walked away. Shortly after Dante left, Morgan saw Max open his eyes. Moments later, Ava walked up, so Morgan pulled her into his arms and hugged her tightly.

Meanwhile, Dante arrived home and saw Lulu seated on the bed, playing with Ben, so he sat down to join them as Britt looked on with guilt clouding her expression.
Liesl watched from her jail cell as Sonny was led away. "It was a merry Christmas indeed," Liesl said as she sat down on the cot and then began to sing O Tannenbaum.

12/24/14 With Christmas rapidly approaching, the residents of Port Charles gathered for the annual General Hospital party, mistletoe became a major topic of conversation, and reunions were all the rage. Unfortunately, it soon became clear that not everybody was going to get what they wanted for Christmas.

First up was Molly, who was pretty much the happiest girl in town thanks to the return of her dad, Ric. When she went upstairs to retrieve the letter he'd written to her before "dying," Ric shared a few words with Sam. Despite their complicated -- as in slept together while he was married to her mom -- history, the pair wound up being downright civil to one another. Once Sam left to take Danny to the festivities at the hospital, Molly urged her father to go see Elizabeth. While he clearly wanted to, it seemed there might also be a part of him that was afraid of how she might react.

What wasn't in question was how Eilzabeth would react when she saw Jake and Sam interacting at the hospital. Immediately going into protective mode, Elizabeth suggested Sam calm down and stop harassing Jake. For her part, Sam seemed perfectly fine with putting aside all their various issues for the moment so everybody could just get through the holidays.

When it was time for the reading of the Christmas story, the lights flickered, and a horrendous beast appeared at the top of the staircase above the nurses' station. While this was yet another person wearing a rubber mask, it wasn't the Luke impostor or Faison, but rather, Liesl Obrecht. Rather than tell the story of Christmas -- which Nikolas described as being about "Santa and presents and elves" with nary a mention of a swaddled babe in a manger -- Liesl had opted for the story of Krampus, a creature from Germanic folklore who ate children and looked like a non-green Grinch. Eventually, Monica saved the day after Emma trembled in fear while Josslyn delighted in the terrifying tale -- by banishing Krampus and getting Santa to join them.

Over at the Jerome Art Gallery, things weren't going so well for Alexis and Julian. With Ric back among the living, she tried to find out exactly what Julian's role in recent events had been. But really, it didn't matter what he said because they arrived at the same impasse as always. "I'm so sad about what we lost," Alexis lamented. But Julian reminded her that "it's not lost. You walked away." And that's exactly what she did yet again, despite it being painfully clear how badly they simply wanted to be together.

Arriving home, Elizabeth found that some craft elf and his much bigger helper had put some mistletoe over the entryway. And while Jake might not remember his name or that he'd kidnapped Sam, the guy was pretty sure that there were rules about kissing people under the mistletoe. Unfortunately, he and Elizabeth spent so much time talking that just before he could move in for the liplock, Ric showed up on her porch. Elizabeth was overjoyed to see her not-dead ex, who admitted that he wanted to pick up where they'd left off. And while Ric wasn't so sure about the guy crashing on Elizabeth's couch, it was poor Jake who felt left out when he watched from the sidelines as his newly resurrected rival got a smooch from the lovely nurse.

Patrick proved himself to be much more adept at using mistletoe the way it was meant to be used. After admitting that he was glad Sam had forgiven him for not telling her that her husband was briefly alive but then died again, he gave her a token of his affection, and they wound up kissing beneath the mistletoe.

In the end, however, it was Maxie who got the true holiday miracle. Having flown to Portland, she knocked on Spinelli's door, which was festooned with the world's brightest wreath, and was finally reunited with her daughter, Georgie. Via Facetime, Maxie introduced her precious baby girl to Nathan, who was still in the hospital back in Port Charles. When Liesl visited with her son, he tried to find out exactly how she'd gotten the judge to change his mind about Maxie.

What Liesl didn't reveal to Nathan was that she had threatened to fire Monica unless the cardiologist ensured that her beau, the judge, had a change of heart. When Monica asked David, the judge, why he'd taken such a hard line with Maxie, he told the sad story of his own daughter, whose wild behavior and rule-breaking had resulted in her tragic demise. He revealed that he'd seen Maxie making the same bad choices as his late daughter had, and he'd acted to try to prevent her from meeting the same fate.

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