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As The World Turns Transcript Friday 12/25/09

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Bob: Christmas day on the old Snyder farm. The one day every year when problems are pushed aside, and everyone finds their way home. Emma has been in the kitchen since sunrise, cooking up one of her legendary Christmas meals. [Sighs] And her pride and joy, Holden, has just finished chopping up a grand old oak tree that didn't make it through the summer storms.

Emma: Hi, Sweetheart.

Bob: Life has gotten in the way of togetherness this year. Most of Emma's children couldn't make it home, between work and holiday-travel snafus -- and then there's youngest daughter Meg, who's gone into hiding after escaping from the local hospital.

Bob: At the same time, over at Holden and Lily's -- sorry, Lily and Damian's house -- Emma's grandkids are picking over piles of gifts, but their Christmas is a long way from being merry. In a few hours, they'll head to the farm to celebrate the holiday with their father and Grandmother. Welcome to Christmas in the 21st century.

Lily: [Sighing] What's the matter, guys? Don't you like your presents?

Ethan: Can I go outside and ride my new bike?

Lily: Oh, soon, Sweetie. Damian has to put the training wheels on first.

Faith: Does he even know how?

Lily: Well, I'm sure if he doesn't, he can read the instructions. But you know what? It's pretty cold outside, and they're calling for snow.

Faith: Well, it's not snowing yet. I can call Dad, and he can put the training wheels on for him.

Lily: Maybe he could do that later, but right now he's busy helping your grandma Emma with Christmas dinner.

Bob: The little kids were missing their father. And Luke, well, he was missing the person he loved most in the world.

Security Guard: Whoa, what do you think you're doing?

Lucinda: Hey, what are you doing?

Security Guard: I'm sorry, Ma'am, come with me.

Lucinda: Wait a minute. Just -- excuse me. It's Christmas. Those are presents for children. Lily.

Lily: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. She's my mother. Its okay, guys. You can go back in.

Lucinda: Okay. Another day. Thank you. Honey, I should have known. Damian's goons.

Lily: I'm sorry, Mother. Merry Christmas.

Lucinda: Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas, merry Christmas. Where is he? Why isn't he watching over them?

Lily: Well, he's -- um, he's dealing with the Meg situation, and he didn't want to leave me unprotected.

Lucinda: Oh, you mean -- oh, your new husband on Christmas, he's spending time with his ex-mistress. Is that --?

Lily: Mother, please don't.

Lucinda: Oh.

Lily: Not today. It's Christmas.

Lucinda: Okay. Merry Christmas. Hey! Hmm. My.

Lily: Every other year, they're bouncing off the walls, but this year --

Lucinda: They miss their father.

Lily: They're going to see him later at the farm. I mean, I thought having two Christmases would be a dream come true to them.

Lucinda: Oh, Honey, I left one of Ethan's presents in the car. Be right back.

Lily: Okay.

Emma: I don't know why I'm making so much food this Christmas. Not all the family is going to be here. It's just habit, I guess. Holden, Sweetheart, could you go get some -- the elderberry wine is in the barn. I'm afraid it might freeze. Okay?

Holden: Yeah, okay. I'll get it.

Emma: And don't drink any of it before it gets here.

Bob: Okay, so it's not shaping up to be a perfect Christmas at the Snyders'. But then if it was, it wouldn't be much of a story, would it?

Lucinda: Emma Snyder, drop the baster. Stand back from that bird. It's up to us to save Christmas. I've just been to Lily's. I've just been there. I mean, she's -- she's -- miserable. The children are depressed. It's up to us to step in!

Emma: I don't know, Lucinda, if it's our place to do that.

Lucinda: Oh, I think it absolutely is. Lily and Holden can't fix themselves. So they can't fix this.

Emma: Listen, I know that you want Lily and Holden to get back together again, but -- I think they've hurt each other too much. It's time to let them let go and move on with their lives.

Lucinda: Lily and Holden love each other and always will. And I am right about that. So don't be so bloody stubborn that you can't help me to prove it to them!

Holden: Hey, is this a bad time?

Molly: It's a little early.

Holden: Oh, that's right. Time difference. I forgot about that. I'm sorry. Go back to bed.

Molly: No, I like hearing your voice first thing in the morning. Merry Christmas.

Holden: Merry Christmas to you. How's Abby?

Molly: She's great. Christmas shopping is so much fun in 80-degree weather.

Holden: Ha, ha, ha. Oh, go ahead, rub it in, why don't you?

Molly: So are the kids there yet?

Holden: Later. But I hear that Santa stopped by Lily's. You still there?

Molly: Yeah. I'm here. I just -- didn't think I'd miss you this much.

Holden: I miss you, too.

Lucinda: Those poor kids have had a terrible year. You only get one childhood. Don't we owe them a couple of nice memories?

Emma: Let's do what we have to do.

Lucinda: Okay!

Emma: Yes!

Lucinda: Yes! [Laughs] Hi.

Holden: Lucinda, hi. Everything all right?

Lucinda: Yes. Yes, I just came to say merry Christmas to your mother.

Emma: Merry Christmas to you, too, Lucinda. Thank you so much for coming by. Now, please excuse me. I have so much work to do.

Lucinda: Oh yes, don't we all.

Emma: Yeah.

Lucinda: Merry Christmas.

Holden: Merry Christmas.

Emma: Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh!

Holden: What? What happened?

Emma: I burned my goose! I was distracted by Lucinda, and I didn't bother to baste it! Oh!

Holden: Oh, I'm sure it's fine.

Emma: No, no, no! It's not fine. It's ruined. I can't start all over again. I'd have to brine it overnight. I just -- and what am I going to give those kids for dinner? I just don't know.

Holden: Mama, you've got enough food here to feed an army.

Emma: This is Christmas day, Holden! I'm not going to feed those kids all this trimmings without the main dish! I'm just going to have to order take-in -- take-out -- take-something here.

Holden: Takeout?

Emma: What's Al's -- number here?

Holden: Takeout? You?

Emma: Yes. The kids all want a family Christmas, and I am not going to disappoint them.

Lily: Hello?

Lucinda: Oh, hi, Honey. I was afraid that you wouldn't hear the phone and pick it up.

Lily: Mother, where did you go? You said you needed to go to the car to get something for Ethan, and you never came back.

Lucinda: Well, Honey, I-I left a big sack of presents at the Lakeview, of all places.

Lily: Well, are they still there?

Lucinda: The concierge retrieved it for me. Then, uh, okay, I got in the car, I went to Old Town, and we had trouble with the battery or something like that. Anyway, I can't get a cab. It's Christmas, and I'm at Al's. Could you come and get me, please, please?

Lily: I'll be right there, Mother. Luke, uh, could you keep an eye on the kids? I need to go pick up your grandmother.

Faith: You're leaving?

Lily: Yes, Sweetie. I need to do something with your grandmother, but I'll be right back.

Lucinda: Hi. Merry Christmas!

Luke: Grandmother? If you're here, where's Mom?

Lucinda: Somebody had to do something.

Lily: Holden?

Holden: Lily. Merry Christmas.

Lily: Merry Christmas. Is that a --

Holden: It's a turkey. My mother was making a goose for Christmas dinner, and she burned it, so this is a substitute.

[Lily laughs]

Lily: Takeout Christmas at the Snyders?

Holden: Yeah. Life goes on. Why aren't you with Damian and the kids?

Lily: My mother called. She had car trouble, and she asked me to meet her here, but I but I didn't see her car in the lot.

Holden: That's because it's not here. Looks like we've been set up.

Lily: No. Emma wouldn't do that.

Holden: Emma Snyder doesn't burn Christmas dinner.

Lily: But she said she did.

Holden: Do you know why? She blamed it on Lucinda for showing up unannounced.

Lily: Oh, no, they didn't.

Holden: Yeah, I think they did. Question is what are we going to do about it?

Bob: Now there is the question of the day.

Holden: I can't believe my mother fooled me. She never orders takeout, and on Christmas day?

Lily: My mother being there should've been your first clue.

Holden: Well, at least they got you, too.

Lily: Yeah, they did. What were they thinking? That we'd fall into each other's arms again, that we'd kiss like a couple of love-struck teenagers?

Holden: Not likely.

Lily: No. You and I -- we're not getting back together.

Holden: Did you tell that to Lucinda?

Lily: I don't need to -- I'm married to Damian.

Holden: Right. You should probably get back to him.

Lily: I can't.

Holden: What do you mean?

Lily: He's looking for your sister. But you should get that turkey back to the farm. I'm sure Molly's waiting for you.

Holden: Actually, Molly's in California. She's with Abigail.

Lily: Abigail must be thrilled.

Holden: Hey, how did the kids enjoy opening their presents this morning?

Lily: Santa really outdid himself this year.

Holden: He must have known that they needed a little something extra. I hope you took some pictures. I'd love to see them.

Lily: I'll have Luke e-mail them.

Holden: Lily, is something wrong?

Lily: Everything is wrong. The kids were so quiet this morning. They didn't even wake me up early to open their presents.

Holden: Really?

Lily: I made sure that everything was perfect.

Holden: Well, that was your first mistake.

Lily: What?

Holden: Since when has anything ever been perfect in our house?

Lily: It still isn't, believe me.

Holden: Lily, it's a lot for them to handle. I'm still getting used to the idea of it myself. The kids will be okay, but it's going to take some time. It's going to take some time for all of us to get used to the idea.

Lily: They just looked so sad. I hate it.

Emma: Hello, hello! Oh, my goodness! Look at this! It's Santa's little helpers, his little elves.

Ethan: Grandma, it's me!

Emma: Oh, it's you! I didn't know that! Oh, come and give me a hug. Oh, my goodness! What a squeezer. Come and give Grandma a hug here. Girls, oh, so nice to see you. Merry Christmas.

Faith: Where's Dad?

Emma: He'll be here soon. He's going to be so happy to see you.

Luke: Why don't you guys put the presents under the tree?

Emma: Okay. Merry Christmas, my angel.

Luke: Merry Christmas to you, too. Oh, maybe I should go supervise.

Emma: No, no, no, no. Let them be. It's silly. They're having a good time. They sound very excited.

Lucinda: We did a good thing.

Emma: Well, now, Holden doesn't like it when I lie to him. Trouble with that.

Luke: Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute. You're part of all this, too?

Emma: Well, much against my better judgment, I think. I'm not sure yet.

Lucinda: Lighten up. Lighten up, Emma. It's Christmas. It's a time of miracles.

Luke: So, was the entire plan to get my parents in the same room?

Lucinda: It seems to me, my darling, that we could all put aside our differences, you know, just for one day. They should be here by now.

Luke: Grandmother, what if your plan doesn't work?

Holden: Lily, the kids, they see what's going on. Think it would have been easier if I'd have been there with them opening presents this morning? Sure Damian would have loved that.

Lily: This isn't about Damian.

Holden: Yeah, but he's part of their reality now. And you know they're not oblivious to what's going on.

Lily: I never said they were.

Holden: Yeah, but you need to be more careful.

Lily: What are you talking about?

Holden: Natalie called me the other day, and she said she overheard you and Damian talking about her Aunt Meg being in the hospital. Natalie thought that she was dying.

Lily: She never mentioned anything.

Holden: And Faith, she's so worried about the custody agreement. She told my mother that she might need some extra schoolbooks in case she leaves them at your house on my night.

Lily: It's a five-minute walk.

Holden: Lily, the custody agreement to her means she can't see you on my night.

Lily: And Ethan wants me to get him a toy chest so that he can take everything he owns when he goes to the farm. What are we going to do, Holden?

Holden: I don't know. Buy extra toy chests and schoolbooks, I guess. We're new at this.

Lily: Yeah, but at least we know it'll get easier. When you're a kid, anything bad that happens is like the end of the world to them.

Holden: And you always assume it's your fault.

Lily: You know, I hate to admit this, but our mothers are right. We need to get over ourselves and give our kids a wonderful Christmas.

Ethan: Mommy and Daddy are here! Mommy and Daddy are here!

Holden: Merry Christmas, guys.

Lily: Thank you for bringing them over.

Luke: Ahh. Don't thank me.

Holden: So, is there anything the two of you would like to tell us?

Luke: You know what? Guys, let's go take another look at that tree, okay?

Lily: Its okay, Sweetie. I'll be here.

Emma: Well, I managed to salvage the goose.

Holden: Oh. I'm shocked.

Emma: I'm sorry I lied to you, Holden.

Lucinda: But I'm not. We had to do it, and we did it, and we're here, and we're all together, and the kids are happy.

Emma: No, not yet. Did you see the look on Natalie's face? That's no way for a child to feel at Christmas.

Lucinda: I agree.

Holden: Are you two finished?

Lucinda: Almost. Lily, are you staying for dinner?

Lily: I --

Holden: I'd like you to stay. I think the kids would, too.

Lucinda: Good.

Lily: Okay, I'll stay.

Lucinda: Good. Then we have a lot of work to do, because those poor kids are walking on eggshells. They don't know where their loyalties are supposed to lie.

Lily: No one is asking them to take sides, Mother.

Emma: They don't know that, Lily.

Holden: Look. We're all on the same side here. What's important is that the kids have a good Christmas.

Lily: If it's not too late.

Lucinda: It's never too late.

Holden: So let's divide and conquer. It's four on four. One of us to one of them.

Lily: I'm in.

Emma: Me, too.

Lucinda: It was my idea, remember?

Luke: Ethan lost his juice box.

Lucinda: His juice box? It's me! Me! I'll get it! Oh, here it is. Got it.

Holden: Hey, I need some help with the firewood. You know, Christmas can be the happiest time of the year. But if you're alone --

Luke: It can suck.

Holden: Yeah, but you're not alone. And Noah will be back. You guys love each other very much.

Luke: Well, I do, but --

Holden: Look, Noah, he lost his sight. And his way of relating to the world has completely changed. But he's going to figure it all out. I know it's hard to do, but just -- you just need to take that leap of faith.

Luke: Thanks, Dad.

Holden: You're my son. I love you very much. I want you to be happy.

Luke: Oh. Right now, I'm a little worried about Natalie. She's upset that we haven't taken the Christmas photo yet. She won't stop talking about it.

Emma: That's Grandma's favorite book. Yes, it is. What are you smiling about?

Natalie: Remember, Brad would wear those antlers from the barn.

Emma: Oh, how could I forget that? You know, there's a hole in my lampshade because of it. Is that what you were so sad about earlier? Are you missing your cousin, Brad?

Natalie: Someone told Ethan that there's no Santa, and he's really upset.

Lucinda: Hey, Honey. Oh, my. I don't think that your big sister would like you to be rifling through her handbag. But it'll be okay. It'll be okay. Put everything back. Everything back nicely. Okay? Huh.

Lily: Maybe we can have an all-girls day tomorrow. We can hit the after-Christmas sales and have some lunch?

Faith: Not tomorrow. Luke's still upset about Noah. And it wouldn't be fair to make him stay home and baby-sit while we went out and have fun.

Lily: Well, we could ask your grandmother to look after Ethan and Natalie.

Faith: But he doesn't like when the house is quiet. He just sits there and stares into space. I think he's worried that Noah's going to break up with him.

Lily: Why don't we invite him to come with us?

Faith: No, Natalie would get jealous. And Ethan, he gets scared when you go out. He's thinks that you're not going to come back.

Lily: Why would he think that?

Faith: Because Dad didn't. Nothing's been good since then, has it?

Emma: So, Natalie tells me that Ethan is having his doubts about Santa Claus.

Holden: At his age?

Emma: Mm-hmm. She tried to convince him, but she says he won't listen to a word she has to say.

Holden: Luke said that Natalie's also upset that we didn't take a family Christmas photo.

Emma: She was in there looking at photographs while we were out here talking.

Lily: Faith doesn't think that Luke should be left alone, and I think she's right. He misses Noah a lot more than he's letting on.

Emma: So Natalie is worried about Ethan.

Lily: And Faith is worried about Luke --

Holden: Who's worried about Natalie. Wow.

Lily: They're more worried about each other than they are about themselves.

Holden: We need to fix this, or no one is going to have a good Christmas.

Lucinda: It may not be as easy as we think. Look what I just found. It's an acceptance letter from East Lake boarding school.

Emma: That's where J.J. went to school.

Holden: Who's letter?

Lucinda: Faith's.

Lily: What?

Lucinda: Yeah, apparently she's applied without telling anybody.

Lily: That's impossible. There's so much paperwork involved. How could she manage it?

Lucinda: I don't know how she managed it, but she managed it, and she got mid-term acceptance. This is a child who's running away from her family, and I've got to say I don't blame her.

Bob: Things change. Children grow up. Maybe it's time to accept that Christmases aren't what they used to be.

Lily: Faith, we need to talk to you.

Faith: That was in my purse. You went through my private stuff?

Lily: Your grandmother found it, and she brought it to us.

Holden: Look, you're not in trouble. We're just surprised. Why would you apply to boarding school? And why would you want to go so far away?

Lily: I know things have been hard for you since Damian moved in.

Faith: He's not the only reason.

Lily: But things are going to settle down soon. Everything will be back to normal.

Faith: No, it's not. Normal's over. You guys are divorced. We have a stepfather. Aunt Meg's crazy.

Holden: Faith --

Faith: I'm sorry. I mean, she's sick. And Brad's dead. I mean, pretty soon, we're going to have to start spending half the week at your house and the other half at yours.

Lily: We are going to make it as easy as we can on you kids.

Holden: You're too young to go that far away.

Faith: No, I'm not. And J.J.'s doing great. Remember when Uncle Jack took me and Parker to visit him for homecoming?

Lily: Back in September?

Faith: Yeah. I loved the school. And I met one of the teachers. She runs the newspaper. She said they're always looking for new reporters. They have a short story writing class, and even a class where you learn to write plays.

Lily: Honey, you never mentioned any of this.

Holden: Look, going off to boarding school is a big decision. There's a lot to consider here.

Faith: Yeah, but this is the best thing that's ever happened to me. And I'm not going to let you guys stop me. I'm going to go to school and learn to be a writer and figure out what I want to do.

Lily: What are we going to do, Holden?

Holden: I don't know. I don't know. What I'm going to do, I'm going to tackle a problem I can solve.

Lily: Faith, I would never try to read your journal. It's private.

Faith: So was that letter.

Lily: Baby, I need you to tell me the truth about something. Do you want to leave because of Damian?

Faith: I did at first. But now that I know more about the school, it's not about leaving here. It's about going there and learning about writing and figuring out what I want to be.

Holden: Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas!

Lily: Wow!

Holden: What's the matter, young man? You better not be holding out on the milk and cookies.

Emma: Oh, he would never hold out on Santa. Here are your cookies. And he's been a very, very good boy this year.

Santa: Well, that's good to know.

Emma: And his big sister. Yes.

Holden: Very good to know. Why, thank you. These cookies look excellent, ma'am.

Ethan: Are you real?

Holden: Am I real? Ho ho ho!

Lily: Look, his belly is shaking like a bowl full of jelly.

Holden: I am the real Santa Claus. Go ahead and touch. Ho ho ho ho ho! Ticklish! I am as real as it gets. And if anyone tells you otherwise, don't you believe them. Now, are you the Ethan Snyder who sent me a Christmas wish list?

Ethan: Yes.

Holden: This is for you.

Lily: Wow!

Luke: Ho ho ho! Oh!

Holden: Oh.

Luke: Uh -- I'm Santa's brother! Ho ho ho! Hey, what are you doing here, buddy? I thought this was my territory.

Ethan: Hi, Luke.

Luke: Hi.

Lily: Hey, Gang, you know what? We haven't taken our Christmas photo yet.

Faith: Isn't it going to be weird?

Lily: No. Why would it be weird? We're still family. Nothing will ever to change that.

Natalie: Can we do it by the tree?

Luke: Of course we can, Nat. It's tradition.

Lily: Holden! We're taking the family picture!

Holden: Coming!

Emma: Oh, Lucinda, is she coming?

Lucinda: Luke, wait. Wait, wait, wait. Just a minute. You're going to have to make a little more room.

Luke: Oh, Grandmother, there is always room for you.

Lucinda: Not for me, Darling.

Luke: Noah?

Emma: Oh, my dear boy. Oh, hello, hello. Oh. Oh, now it's really Christmas.

Noah: It smells great in here. Just like I remember it.

Emma: Put in a few extra sweet potatoes, just for you.

Holden: How did you know he was coming?

Emma: Uh, kind of an E.S.P.

Noah: Um, Luke?

Luke: Yeah, I'm right -- I'm right here. Why didn't you tell me that you were coming?

Noah: I didn't know. I got a call from your grandmother this morning. And --

Lucinda: I told him that if he wasn't on my plane, I'd know the reason why. I wasn't going to let you two guys be apart at Christmas.

Natalie: Can you see now?

Noah: No. No, Natalie, I-I can't. But it's still really great to hear your voice. Where's Faith?

Faith: Merry Christmas.

Lily: Noah, I'm so happy that you could make it.

Holden: Welcome home, Noah.

Noah: Thank you.

Lily: Santa must have been working overtime.

Holden: It's a good thing he has resourceful helpers.

Luke: Boy, you look -- I can't believe you're here.

Emma: You look skinny. You look too skinny. Come on, let me -- let me get you something to eat.

Noah: Oh, that'd be great.

Emma: Good! Oh.

Lucinda: Come on, kids, let's go look for some games. We're going to play them later, okay?

Holden: Do you think Luke and Noah are going to make it?

Lily: How can they not? Look how much Luke loves Noah. Does that ever go away?

Emma: Oh, excuse me. I --

Holden: Ma, it's -- its okay.

Emma: I-I have something here that I think the two of you should read. A few months ago, I was coming in from the stables, and Faith was here. And she said she was here writing something because it was too noisy at home. I knew that she was having trouble adjusting to Damian being there. So I didn't think much of it. I asked her what she was writing, and she said it was an essay for a contest. I think now it must have been -- I know now it must have been for the application for the boarding school.

Holden: Mama, its okay. You couldn't have known what she was planning.

Lily: She's just a little girl. I mean, the thought of her applying to school without telling anyone --

Emma: Well, she's not such a little girl anymore, Lily. She read this -- she read it to me, and I just thought it was wonderful. Wonderful. And I asked her to make me a copy. I think you both should read it.

Lily: It's called "Mom and Dad." "When you're a kid, you read about perfect families, perfect parents who never fight and never lose their patience. They always understand what's going on with you, and they make everything okay. It was never like that for me."

Holden: Do you want me to read it?

Lily: "My parents' lives are full of drama, which means mine is, too. They never give up, though. They met when they were kids, and since then, they've broken up and gotten back together more times than anyone can remember. Right now, my parents aren't together, but I think it's just a matter of time before that changes. Until then, they'll probably fight, and I'll probably get mad, because it's so obvious they're supposed to be together. Not just because I want it. Because they're soul mates. Not in the cliché way you read about in books but in the real-life way, where sometimes you wish the other person would disappear, but as soon as they do, you want them back more than anything. That's how I'll feel if I'm lucky enough to get into your school. I'll miss my family more than anything. But I know they'll always be there, imperfect, but in a perfect way."

Holden: Did you know she could write like that?

Luke: Noah, what's going on?

Noah: What do you mean?

Luke: I mean what does it mean that you're here right now?

Noah: I don't know. I can't see the hand in front of my own face, let alone my future. I'm just -- here.

Luke: Yeah, but we've been through tough times before. I mean, we can get through this.

Noah: Yeah, but all those times, we knew they were going to end. I may never see again.

Luke: Yeah, but that doesn't change how I feel about you. You know, it doesn't change my love for you and the fact that I'm going to love you forever, always. I still want the life that we had planned.

Noah: But everything has changed.

Luke: Well, not everything. And whatever your future holds, I want to share that with you. If you let me.

Noah: I can't tell you what it is that you want to hear right now. I'm not ready. There's just -- there's too much that I have to figure out.

Luke: Yeah, but, Noah, we can figure it out together.

Noah: You can't do this for me, Luke. I-I love your family, but I hate being dependent on them.

Luke: Noah, then why did you come back? Why? And don't blame my grandmother. Because you could have said no.

Noah: I was sitting in my room at the clinic, and all I could think about was Christmas here. I know it's not my home, but I was homesick. And when Lucinda called --

Luke: You missed Christmas.

Noah: And you. I miss Christmas with you. And don't read too much into this, because I'm not saying --

Luke: I-I understand.

Noah: It's Christmas. And I just want to spend it with you. Please.

Luke: Okay.

Holden: We are so very proud of you. When things started to fall apart at home, you didn't just sit around and sulk. You decided to find a way to make things better for yourself. I don't remember being that mature at that age.

Lily: Well, I certainly wasn't.

Faith: It's really no big deal.

Lily: Faith, it's a huge deal. But you have to be sure this is something you really want.

Holden: Because it's not like you're going to be right around the corner if you get lonely or if you start missing your sister.

Faith: Are you saying that I can go?

Holden: I'm going to miss you every day.

Faith: I love you, guys! I have to go tell Luke and Noah!

Holden: Are you sure about this?

Lily: No. I don't want to send my little girl away. But I can't hold her back just because I'm going to miss her.

Holden: She's pretty amazing.

Lily: Yeah, she is. How did that happen?

Emma: Okay, hurry, everyone. Come on. Let's go. It's time to take the family portrait around the Christmas tree. Everyone here?

Holden: Listen to her. You don't want her to burn that goose.


Emma: Come over to this side.

Lucinda: Luke, if you'll show me how, I'll take the picture.

Emma: Lucinda Walsh, you come here and stand right by me.

Lucinda: This is the Snyder family pi -- I'm not a Snyder.

Emma: Whether you like it or not, you are a part of my family. Now, you belong in this picture. Now come on. I won't take no for an answer. Get yourself over here.

Luke: All right, everybody, scooch together. All right, come on, a little bit tighter. A little bit tighter. Scooch. Do you not know how to scooch, people? [Laughter] All right. And everybody say "Merry Christmas."

All: Merry Christmas!

Emma: Okay, everyone, time to finish decorating the tree. I saved your very special ornaments. And, oh, I have one here for Lucinda.

Faith: You make a Christmas wish when you hang it. It's something we do every year.

Lucinda: Oh, what a nice tradition. What am I going to wish?

Lily: Long live the queen.

Lucinda: Yeah. Hear, hear. [Laughs] Okay! [Applause] Tears of thankfulness tears of hope I cry tears of joy at Christmas because I know there is peace on earth for every heart to find and sometimes Christmas makes me cry [Laughs]

Holden: Oh, yeah.

Faith: Where's Mom's ornament?

Holden: Uh, I don't know. But you can hang mine.

Faith: Well, what about your wish, Dad?

Lucinda: Why don't you both put it up together?

Holden: Fine by me.

Faith: But you both still have to make a wish.

Molly: Merry Christmas, everyone!

Emma: Oh, Molly! I thought you weren't supposed to be here until tomorrow!

Molly: I changed my mind. And it was the perfect day to travel. The airport was empty. So I flew standby.

Holden: So, when I spoke to you earlier --

Molly: I was getting ready to board my plane. Surprised?

Holden: Yeah, very. Merry Christmas.

Molly: Merry Christmas. Okay, I have Christmas presents from California.

Holden: All right!

Lucinda: Can I get a chance to change my Christmas wish?

Lily: I don't want to hear it, Mother.

Lucinda: I should have known. There's always a twist at the end of the story.

Lily: Nothing is ending.

Molly: Here you go. Oh, you know what? I'm so sorry. I don't have anything for you.

Lily: It's all right, Molly. I was just about to leave, actually.

Lucinda: Why?

Lily: Damian will be home soon.

Holden: You don't have to go.

Lily: I spent all morning with the children, Holden. It's your time with them now. Come here, guys. Give me a hug.

Faith: Will I see you in the morning?

Lily: Absolutely. Love you. Love you. Merry Christmas, my loves. Oh, baby.

Emma: Lily, I'm very glad you could come.

Lily: It was such a lovely day. Thank you for having me.

Emma: It's my pleasure.

Lily: Bye, Molly.

Lucinda: There is still much work to be done.

Emma: Not today.

Lucinda: All right.

Holden: I'll walk you guys out.

Emma: Merry Christmas.

Lily: Merry Christmas, Holden.

Holden: Merry Christmas.

Lucinda: You can still have it. You don't have to walk away and let Molly have him.

Lily: I have to get home to my husband.

Luke: I didn't have time to send this to you before Christmas. So I was going to get it to you for New Year’s.

Noah: It smells like coffee.

Luke: It's a box from home. And everything in it represents one of your senses. So this is coffee from Java -- it’s your favorite blend. And this represents the taste, and it is Grandma Emma's oatmeal-raisin cookies. And here we have something for you to feel. It's my socks that I wear at night, you know, the ones you always try to steal. [Laughs] And then, well, this is kind of cheesy, but -- but I made you a mix to listen to, a CD, just all the stuff we listen to around the house.

Noah: This is great. Just, um, aren't people supposed to have five senses? I just -- I can't live the rest of my life like this.

Molly: Hey, I hope I didn't interrupt anything.

Holden: No, I'm -- I'm glad you're home.

Molly: Home.

Holden: Home.

Molly: Home. I like the sound of that. Okay, lets open up these presents. For you.

Holden: Thank you.

Molly: For you.

Emma: For me?

Molly: For you.

Emma: Oh!

Bob: This is where we leave you. I know what you're thinking. There are still so many questions. What's going to happen to Faith? And Luke and Noah? And what about Holden and Molly and Lily and Damian? If you're thinking this isn't really the end of the story, you're right. The story goes on. Because this is Oakdale. And we wouldn't have it any other way.

Next week on "As the World Turns" --

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Carly: Oh!

Casey: Marry me?

Alison: Yes. Yes. A thousand times, yes.

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