Stars Spread Christmas Cheer

TV Soap, December 11, 2006

By Robert Waldron

Days Of Our Lives’ Mary Beth Evans and Stephen Nichols share their plans for the holiday season

What is your favorite on-screen Christmas holiday memory?

Evans:  “When Stephen played Santa was cute.”

Nichols: “I always like playing Patchy Claus.  I play Santa Claus for my own kids, and my nieces and nephews.  I’ve done it for years.”

Evans:  I also enjoy the scenes with the Horton Christmas ornaments.  When my children were younger, I had the prop guy make some Horton ornaments for me.  I think I only have one left.”

But Kayla isn’t a Horton.

Evans:  “I think Kayla was there once.  I asked the prop guy if he could make (the ornaments) with my kid’s names, and also my husband’s and my name, but I think  my husband’s is the only one left.  The others have broken.  It has been 20 years.

Nichols:  “My mother-in-law makes a Christmas ornament for every child in the family every year.  She either makes them or purchases really special ornaments that are handmade with their names.”

Do you have many gifts to buy?

Evans:  “In our family, I like drawing names for gift-giving.  My family’s big.  It became such a deal about getting all of these gifts.  It’s so much nicer to buy a couple of gifts that you really think about.”

Nichols:  “What we did years ago was say, ‘No more adult gifts.’ We give gifts to our parents and the kids, but no other adults.  It makes it easy.”

What’s the first thing you do to get ready for the holidays?

Evans:  “This year, I hung up the Christmas lights early.  But we didn’t turn them on until December.  I got them up early because we were having a Christmas party for my husband’s work in early December.”

Nichols:  “I also hang Christmas lights.  And we choose a corner in the house where the tree is going.  It changes every year, so I prepare the corner for the tree then go cut (down) the tree.”