A miserable Victor won’t embrace the Christmas spirit — until a special person comes to his aid
Christmas may be a time for joy and goodwill to all people but for Victor Newman the annual celebration is just another burden to his ongoing nightmare. He’s trying to raise the crippled Newman Enterprises from the duel treacheries wrought upon it by the Paragon virus and the re that tore through the Newman Towers skyscraper on Halloween.
The global mogul is so determined to regenerate his cherished lifeblood that he’s unwilling to let his family and employees celebrate the holiday season, ruthlessly ordering them to work full days across the entire period until the rebuilding process is in place.
Victor (Eric Braeden) even threatens to sack anyone who dares to out his instructions. Not even Nikki’s (Melody Thomas Scott) passionate plea to him to relax his strict standards sways him. Irritated, Nikki stalks out, calling her husband “Scrooge”.
Anxious to defy Victor and make Faith’s (Aly Lind) wish for a special Christmas come true, Nikki hosts a lavish family gathering, promising to celebrate, even if it means without Victor.
Nevertheless, it’s clear that Nikki hopes her Grinch-like husband will eventually open his heart and “dance around the tree” with everyone else. That’s unlikely though, especially after Noah (Robert Adamson) can’t persuade his grandfather to forget about his problems for one night.
Fed up with Victor’s stubbornness, Billy labels Victor “just as sad and lonely” as he is. He says Victor is a hypocrite for talking about family all the time and just when he needs to be with his loved ones, he ignores them. Walking out, Billy hisses that Victor doesn’t deserve to be a father. Victor is undeterred, similarly dismissing Adam’s (Justin Hartley) pleas to change his mind too.
Left alone to gaze at family photos, Victor is soon startled to see his granddaughter Faith’s angelic face staring back at him from the doorway.
Innocently announcing that everyone misses him at the party, Faith quickly shows how mature she really is. She delivers a blunt assessment to Victor’s declaration that he’s “working so that someday all of this might be hers”.
Despite her childlike excitement about the prospect of sitting in Grandpa’s big chair, Faith observes that none of that will be worth it if she can’t go to parties and be with her family.
Upstairs at the party, everyone’s puzzled about Faith’s absence until she reappears with a chastened Victor by her side. Playfully suggesting that Faith is an expert negotiator, Victor raises a toast to his family and the joy of the season.
Victor is startled to see his granddaughter Faith’s angelic face staring back at him from the doorway.