Asa opened his package from Las Vegas. It was from the late Ester Hoffman and it contained some items from her safe deposit box. Baby Buchanan's blanket and ID bracelet were included. Max tried to stop Asa from looking too closely at the bracelet as it showed the baby's blood type. Renee caught on and told Asa that Max was just scared from spending so much time in the hospital of late. After Asa went off to go over the household bills with Nigel, Max told Renee that Blair wants to put him away in the hospital. Renee told Max that she would put Blair away first and asked him why Blair would have said such a thing to him. Max stated that his wife was worried about him but that she hadn't told him anything, he had overheard her talking to Dorian. She had also mentioned wanting a "powerful attorney" to handle his money but Renee realized that Blair really said "power of attorney" because she wanted to have control. Blair also told her aunt that she wanted to know how to have someone committed because of her uncertainty over Max's behavior. Renee assured Max that she and Asa would never let Blair do anything to harm him. She also told him that as long as Asa was his father he would have money.
Roseanne advised Cristian that she mailed his package to Jessica. She was originally upset to discover the gift, but realized that he was there in NY with her so she wasn't bothered by it any longer. She also told Cris that she had his paintings shown to a private art collector and that he bought one. She showed him the $5000 she received for it. She decided to change into an appropriate outfit so that Cris could show his appreciation to her for her good deeds.
Jessica opened her birthday present to discover a snow globe type music box from Cris. She and Will were wondering why it appeared to be broken. Will thought that Cris had sent it that way on purpose because of his feelings of anger towards Jess, but he wasn't upset that she had received the gift. As the two discussed this, the music started to play "Silent Night" and the ticking sound stopped. After Will went to take a shower, Jess called Cris to thank him for the gift. She wondered if he'd be back in Llanview for the holidays and Cris wasn't sure. He told her about the sale of his painting.
R.J. opened the box that he received at the country club. It was a bomb! Kevin rushed to pick up the box while Bo called the bomb squad. As soon as Bo was finished with his phone call, he managed to get Kevin to put the box down. As he noticed that there was less than 1 minute left on the bomb's clock, he tried to get everyone to leave the premises immediately. Suddenly, he noticed that the bomb was a fake and cracked that Delphina had her wires crossed. Bo attempted to speak with Kevin about his reckless actions but Kevin refused to listen, saying that he had heard it all before. He hurriedly left, not wanting to hear what his uncle had to say. The bomb squad showed up and announced that the box contained dummy explosives. Bo cornered R.J. to try and find out who might have sent the package to him but R.J. had no idea.. Bo advised R.J. that someone was obviously trying to scare him this time because there was a note in the box stating:NEXT TIME YOU'RE DEAD.
Meanwhile, Joey and Kelly were at Kevin's house, trying in vain to locate him. Joey was concerned that he had jumped on Kevin about his drinking,etc. and Kelly apologized to Joey for jumping on him as well.
Dorian and Blair were together discussing the Max situation. Blair said she couldn't take anymore and that Max was brain damaged. Her aunt asked her to move back into her home but Blair declined. She would never really put Max away. Dorian assured Blair that Asa loved Max and since she loved Max too, Asa would always be on her side.
After the bomb scare, Lindsay told Bo that she thought their love would be destroyed. Bo believed that Lindsay had already told him everything so that would never happen. She was afraid that something might come out of the past to haunt her.
R.J. told Téa that there were a lot of enemies in his past and he had no idea who might have sent the package.
Kevin went home and as he took a drink, Kelly came downstairs. He told her how he tried to save lives and got in trouble. She questioned Kevin on what would have happened if the bomb had been real. She wondered if Bo was right when he said that Kevin tried to kill himself. Kevin denied that, but said he didn't think about getting hurt as he was no longer aware and was numb instead. He felt no fear, joy or love in life because his future was gone; therefore his feelings were also. Kelly empathized with him, saying that she felt the same when Drew died. She told him that he would eventually build a new future.
After taking leave of Dorian, Blair let herself into the Buchanan place. She encountered Asa and cried to him that she was scared. He reassured her and left for bed, while she went into the other room to see Max. When he wouldn't speak to her, she told him that she would be going to their bedroom. He told her he wasn't tired.
As the evening wore on, many couples snuggled together: Lindsay and Bo, R.J. and Téa among them. As Will slept, Jess stared at the ceiling while Cris did the same with Rosie asleep beside him. Joey awoke, unable to find Kelly until he went downstairs and found her asleep on the sofa, next to his brother.
Renee consulted Nora for legal advice about how to prevent Blair from committing Max. Blair walked in on Renee's conversation with Nora just as she suggested getting a restraining order against Blair. Renee and Blair exchanged harsh words and Max broke up their fight by asking to speak with Nora alone. Blair then threatened Renee that she would tell Asa the truth if she was forced to leave the mansion. Renee and Blair were both shocked when Max announced that he had decided to grant Blair power of attorney. Bo questioned a seemingly unconcerned R.J. about who could have sent him the bomb, but R.J. refused to reveal any of his shady contacts. Kevin was devastated when he accidentally erased the videotape of Grace's birthday party. Joey told Kelly that he saw her asleep on the couch with Kevin and the two had a frank discussion about her need to save his brother. Sophia enjoyed needling Kelly about her interest in Kevin. Later, Kelly ran into a distraught Kevin at the police station and he collapsed in her arms. Sophia found great pleasure in alerting Joey that Kelly was comforting Kevin. Roseanne had a nightmare that Jessica and Cristian had gotten back together. Roseanne and Cristian decided to stop over at the Bayberry Inn on their way back to Llanview and ended up in the room right next to Will and Jessica.
At the Buchanan house, Renee and Blair realize Max has actually given Blair Power of Attorney, not gotten the restraining order Renee had wanted. Nora tells Renee not worry as it may not even hold up because Max might not even be competent to make that kind of decision. Nora then reminds Blair that she can only use Max's assets to benefit him alone or the order could be revoked. Bo runs into Nora at the mansion and she tells him that she is marrying Sam on New Years Eve. They reminisce about New Years Eves they have spent together in the past.
At the lodge where Will and Jess are staying, Cris and Roseanne check into a room across the hall. First Will and Roseanne run into each other and Will discovers that she has received a check for $100,000 that he didn't send. He doesn't understand where it came from, but tells her not to worry about the money; it is most important that Jess and Cristian don't find each other. Meanwhile, across the hall, Jess and Cristian discover there is a big misunderstanding between them: he didn't know about the incident when Jess tried to run down Dorian. Cris tells her that he knew she needed him that night. Just as Jess says that this new information "changes everything",and that she "hasn't been in the right frame of mind since the accident", Will walks in and sends Cristian back to his room.
Joey and Kelly argue over her involvement with Kevin. She says she understands him and is just trying to help, but Joey says he's sick of every time he turns around finding his brother with his hands all over his girlfriend. Sophia witnesses the couple's argument and sees it as an opportunity to get with Joey.
Lindsay and Nora run into each other at the mall and both want to buy the same key chain for their significant others. Nora taunts Lindsay and says that Bo would never use the key chain. She says Lindsay doesn't even know Bo at all. Lindsay says she can't wait until Nora marries Sam! Neither one ends up purchasing the key chain.
Dorian tries to convince Blair that she needs to take action immediately to protect her interests where Max is concerned. Blair says all she knows is how much she loves Max, but is very confused right now. Later, at the Buchanan mansion, Max overhears Blair on the phone with the bank; she is requesting a transfer of his funds into her own bank account!
The residents of Llanview gathered together for the annual Christmas ceremony and tree lighting. Bo presided over the ceremony. As he spoke about the past, the future, and the importance of friends and family, the residents of Llanview dreamed about the present and the future...
Viki pictures herself at Crossroads alone, waiting for Ben. He arrives and tells Viki that he will always be there for her. Ben tells her that things are only going to get better, but Viki doesn't see how that can be when things are so good already. He explains that the future is theirs, and it's full of surprises. And, good or bad, "We're going to face them together." Ben tells her that he loves her, and he is never going to leave her again. "I have everything I need now," Viki says. "Well, not everything," Ben says, slipping a real engagement ring on her finger.
In her fantasy, Lindsay is wearing a fancy wedding dress. "Did you ever imagine in your wildest dreams--me, marrying Bo, moving into our dream house that he's building for me. Me, Mrs. Bo Buchanan! Just last night he told me that I am the only woman he's ever truly loved," she tells Nora, who is a seamstress working on Lindsay's dress. Bo arrives and doesn't even notice Nora. "How do you like becoming Mrs. Bo Buchanan?" Bo asks her. "I love it. And I love you for forgiving me for changing your test results and for paying to have Matthew's paternity test results changed," Lindsay says. "But you did those things for love," Bo says, kissing her.
Nora envisions herself arriving home with Sam. "Another gala, another award," she says. The table is already covered with awards, and Sam picks up one to move it. "No, not that one. That's my favorite," Nora says. It's an award written in a child's handwriting that has "For Best Mom and Dad" written on it. "This one? You like this one more than our Supreme Court win?" Sam asks. Nora nods. Matthew comes downstairs and says that he thought he heard Santa. Sam brings him up to bed, and Nora goes to the closet to take out some wrapping paper. She is surprised to find Bo working in the closet. She wonders what he's doing, and he tells her that the workers never finished it. "You know me. I just hate unfinished business," he explains. Later that night, Matthew is up in bed, and the doorbell rings. Nora tells Sam that dinner has arrived. She had it catered. Sam says that he wouldn't mind if she never learned how to cook. When Nora opens the door, she is surprised once again at the sight of Bo. "What are you doing here? Why do you keep popping up everywhere?" she asks. "Don't ask me, this is your fantasy," Bo tells her. "I didn't do this. I don't want you here. I just wanted dinner," she says, pulling in the cart and shutting the door behind her. Later, Nora and Sam kiss, and Bo comes into the room. Nora excuses herself when she sees him, and she goes to ask Bo why he is there. "I'm just leaving. For good this time," Bo says. Nora opens the door for him. "Now, go!" she tells him. "Merry Christmas," Bo says. Nora shuts the door for the last time and goes back to her husband.
R.J. pictures himself as police commissioner. He imagines that Bo is in trouble with the law, and he is working with John to apprehend him. Téa arrives and joins them. "Abuse of power. He has to pay," she says. John leaves, and Téa and R.J. are alone. They happily kiss, but suddenly, something happens, and a feeling of danger takes over R.J.
John imagines Wally the dog running in. John is all set to yell at Sophia for letting him out, but then Rae follows him in. "I hear you're the man to see about a speeding ticket," she says. Rae tells him that she had to see him again. He asks her if she found what she was looking for, and she tells him that she didn't find what she was looking for in Pine Valley, but she did find something she wasn't looking for. They kiss.
Roseanne imagines Cristian painting her. "Don't you ever get tired of painting me? There are other things to paint, you know," she says to him. "For me there's only you," Cristian tells her. Roseanne tells him that she has everything she's ever dreamed of--Cristian is getting paid thousands of dollars for his paintings, they're living luxuriously at Llanfair... "It's you and me, Roseanne, forever," he tells her.
Meanwhile, Cristian imagines himself painting Jessica. She tells him that she has always loved him. She apologizes for taking so long to remember. He tells her that it doesn't matter because they're together now.
Will dreams of a life with Jessica as well. He sees them living a rich life in a mansion. Jessica comes in and tells him that she has just put their daughter, Maggie, to bed. Will says that he'll go up to see her later. Cristian comes in then and announces that dinner is ready. He then wishes Will and Jessica a merry Christmas and thanks them both for giving him the job. He says that this job suits him much better than art ever did. He leaves, and Jessica turns to the maid. "That will be all, Ms. Delgado," she says.
Blair sees herself and Max at dinner. Dr. Babcock comes in. "Sorry to interrupt, but I have reviewed Mr. Buchanan's records. His aneurysm was a mistake. He is absolutely fine. Congratulations," he says, leaving. Max and Blair realize that now they can get married again, for the right reasons. They don't need Asa and Renee anymore, because they have each other. Blair looks up then, and obviously doesn't like what she saw. Her fantasy backs up, and they again say that they can get married now, for the right reasons. "And we can keep scamming Asa and Renee. But most importantly, we'll have each other," Max declares.
Dorian imagines R.J. giving her an award for her generosity and tireless philanthropy. He calls her up to accept the "Humanitarian of the Millennium" award. She goes up to give her acceptance speech. Dorian declares that she will not let the award dull her commitment. "I will remain committed to you, the people of Llanview," she adds. After the speech, everyone goes over to give her their congratulations, including Viki, who was also nominated for the award. "Clearly, the best woman won," she tells Dorian happily.
In Kelly's fantasy, she is sitting outside waiting for her guest to arrive for dinner. Kevin and Joey walk in, each holding a bouquet of flowers for her. "I didn't expect both of you," Kelly says.
Asa imagines a life without Blair and the Rappaports. "Blair all packed up and gone?" he asks Max. "Yep, and not a minute too soon," Max says. The guests arrive. "Everybody, welcome. Now we got ourselves a real holiday. Y'all get yourself a drink," Asa tells his guests. When everyone has a drink, Asa raises his glass. "To the Buchanans!" everyone says. Bo walks in and gives handcuffs to Kevin and Joey. "All right, boys, round 'em up," Bo says, and the three of them put the cuffs on Sam, Ben, and Will and take them away. Nora comes in then, and asks Asa if Sam was just led out of the place in handcuffs. Asa says that it was, and Nora happily thanks him. She links arms with Bo, and they sit down. Asa then tells Viki that Clint is on his way. "Asa, I don't know what we would do without you," Viki tells him. Kevin then tells Asa that he was all wrong about Grace, and she really wasn't the one for him. Jessica then joins them and says the same things about Will. "I'm so proud of you. You are the greatest cowboy that ever lived," Renee tells him.
Back at the ceremony, Bo continues, "So, cherish every moment of happiness throughout the entire year. It is now my pleasure to introduce Victoria Lord-Carpenter. She'll light the lights on our tree." Viki stands up then. "Thank you, Bo. As I was listening to our commissioner, I thought about what he was saying. And I thought about what I want most for Christmas. The intangible gifts are the ones that have brought me the most joy--peace, friendship, and love. The love of our friends and family. Most of all, the love of that one special person that makes everything else possible. And now," Viki says, stopping to light the tree, "Merry Christmas, everyone!"
Viki's on the phone with Nora, who heard from Sam that Ben was in Las Vegas, but left before he got there. Sam has no idea where Ben went to and Sam is now trying to make it home in time for Christmas. Nora offers to come over and keep Viki company, but she says that she'll be OK, Kevin is there and they and the rest of her children will be going to St. James church later on. After getting off the phone, she tries to put the angel on top of the tree, but finds she isn't tall enough and wishes Ben were there to do it. The doorbell rings and Viki opens it hoping that it's Ben, but it isn't, it's Skye. Skye claims that she saw Ben in Las Vegas and he asked her to pass on holiday greetings to Viki. She enjoys reminding Viki that she hasn't heard from Ben in days and claims that he's gone back to his old ways and old life. Viki insists that Skye's lying, that she didn't see Ben at all and is just trying to hurt her, but it's obvious that a little part of Viki still wonders if Skye really did see Ben. Kevin comes into the foyer just then and says that it's his turn "to take out the trash" as he grabs Skye by the arm and drags her out the door. He promises that he will meet Viki later at the church.
A little while later, the doorbell rings and Viki opens the door to find Starr standing alone on the doorstep with a big pointsetta plant for her "Aunt Viki." When Viki wonders how she got there, Dorian shows herself and Viki has no choice but to let her in because of Starr. Viki sends Starr to put some candy canes on the tree while she and Dorian talk. Dorian freely admits that she used Starr to get Viki to let her in, surprising Viki with her honesty. Dorian wanted to explain about Skye, that Dorian is only allowing her to stay at her house because of Blair. "Blair?", Viki asks, confused. I can't go into details, Dorian says, but she's on Blair's side, and Viki's side, not Skye's. Dorian goes on to reassure Viki that Skye didn't find Ben on her trip to Las Vegas. Viki is relieved to have her doubts laid to rest and the two woman come to a truce, with Dorian telling Viki to not give up hope, Ben will come back to her. Starr comes running out and says that she thinks she just saw Santa Claus fly by and asks to go home so she can check under the tree. She and Dorian leave and go over to Asa's house.
Viki walks back into the living room and looks at the tree. Suddenly, she notices that the angel she couldn't put on the tree before is now sitting on top of the tree. She turns and finds Ben standing behind her and rushes into his arms.
Kevin not only took Skye out of Viki's house, he walked her all the way to the park. He was drinking again, out of a flask, and Skye admitted that she badly wanted to take a drink. She didn't though, and tried to convince Kevin that he should quit drinking, that it wouldn't get rid of his pain. Kevin didn't see that not drinking was making Skye any happier or free of pain, so he decided to keep on drinking.
Will and Jessica stopped by the gallery to see Lindsay and asked her to drop off a present to Sam that Will had bought for him. Lindsay agrees, and asks them to stop by the next day so they can open presents together.
Bo stops by Nora and Sam's house to drop off a present for Matthew. He also brings up the topic of Nora's impending marriage and says that although he loves her and always will, he wishes her nothing but happiness with Sam. He's not sure if he'll be able to make the ceremony, so he gives the bride-to-be a kiss on the cheek to congratulate her in advance. Of course, Lindsay arrives just at that moment to drop off Will's present and jealously watches them through the window. She rings the bell and when Nora opens the door, Lindsay awkwardly gives her the presents and leaves as soon as she can, with Bo on her heels. He calls after he to wait, but she just keeps going. He catches up with her back at the gallery and assures her that nothing was going on between himself and Nora. Lindsay accepts his explanation and the two exchange presents. Lindsay gets him a replica of a snow fort he once told her that he and Clint built as a child. Bo's gift makes Lindsay laugh, it's a key to his place, but it's on the keychain that she and Nora were arguing about at the store.
Back at Nora's house, she hears a noise in the living room and goes out there, baseball bat in hand, to see who it is. She's shocked to see Santa Claus putting presents under the trees. It's Sam, he wanted to surprise her and he was actually already on the plane when he called to tell her he was having trouble finding a flight.
At the Buchanan mansion, it was not a very happy Christmas Eve, with Renee and Blair at each other throats. Renee finally explained to Asa when he asked what was going on about Max giving Blair power of attorney. Blair insisted that she would only use it for Max's benefit, which made Max angry because he knew she'd already used it to drain money from his account. After creating a pretend tantrum over a Christmas ornament, Max stormed out of the house and over to the Palace Hotel restaurant, where he ran into R.J. Max, for some unknown reason, confided in R.J. that he was faking his condition and told him how Blair had betrayed his trust. Renee found him there and begged him to come back, that he really was a member of the Buchanan family and belonged with them on Christmas Eve. Max finally agreed and went back to the mansion, where he picked up a present from under the tree which he said was for the most important woman on his life. Blair waited for Max to give it to her, but instead he walked past her and handed it to Renee, much to Blair's dismay.