TV Guide Magazine's Michael Logan has a touching article in the publication's Dec. 6-12, 2010 issue about Salem's bittersweet first Christmas without two of the 45-year-old soap operas beloved original characters, Alice "Gram" Horton (the late Frances Reid) and her son Mickey (most notably played by John Clarke).
It was hard when we shot the Christmas episodes [airing December 24 and 27] because the Horton living room felt so empty," says fan fave Melissa Reeves, who recently returned to the soap as Alice's granddaughter Jennifer Rose after a four-year absence."
Now before you take out your Christmas-themed Kleenex boxes, take heart. According to the article, the remaining Hortons in Salem (minus Hope who will be on the run with Bo) will gather to hang the Horton ornaments. Okay, scratch that. Grab your tissues, because I just did!
Watching the hanging of the Horton ornaments with my own late grandparents, who raised me, was as much a part of my family's Christmas traditions each year as Rudolph, Frosty and Borden's Egg Nog spiked with Jack Daniels. It will be really hard to see those eppys without Gram. Jennifer Rose being on my screen will definitely help, even if my Jack Deveraux (Matt Ashford) is on some walk-about! For more on how Reeves is coping with the loss of Reid on set, pick up your copy of TV Guide on newstands now.