A lot of scheming, loving, killing, DNA switching, devil possessing, weddings and funerals can happen in 50 years.
And the residents of Salem have seen their fair share of all of that and more.
As we celebrate “Days of our Lives” at 50, here’s a look at some of my favorite moments, people, drama and love.
They’re listed in no particular order.
» Horton family Christmas tradition
Without a doubt, the Hortons are Salem’s first family. Their love for family, friends and community is displayed throughout town, and celebrated with Christmas traditions.
Since near the beginning, Alice Horton has shared the love of her family with ornaments on a family tree in the living room.
“All the people who keep Tom Horton in their hearts are family,” Alice said in 1994.
More pictures are here. And learn more about who has visited the Horton ornament ceremony here.
Another Horton family tradition is the reading of the Christmas story to children at University Hospital.
» Last Blast
Who can forget Salem High’s Last Blast dance in 2000? Ghoul Girl — aka Chloe Lane — had been tainted and teased by fellow students, but was named queen!
Of course, the blood bath Philip got was meant for Chloe.
Perhaps because they were around my age at the time, that group of Salemities is my favorite age group of characters: Belle, Shawn, Mimi, Chloe, Philip.
» Marlena possessed by the devil
Everybody with a television and a newspaper or magazine in the 90s had to hear about this storyline!
Marlena Evans became possessed by the devil in 1995.
Deidre Hall shares her memory of the time Marlena burned down St. Luke’s Church.
Deidre still can’t saw HOW she was able to levitate in that famous Christmas Eve scene.
» Will and Sonny
These two guys made “Days” and daytime drama history becoming the first gay married couple.
Watching Will’s story of him accepting and understanding who he is, and watching Grandma Marlena help, and then watching him fall for Sonny made for some great television.
I only wish “Days” wouldn’t have killed off Will. (Yeah, it “Days” and he’s not really dead, but still!)
» Sami and her men
Let’s see, there was Lucas, Austin, Franco, Brandon, Rafe, and E.J.
Remember when Sami drugged Austin?
There was the time Sami lied about who Will’s dad was. And Carrie rushed into the wedding of Sami and Austin to stop it.
Or when Franco used her to get a green card. Joke’s on him — he was shot and killed before they could marry!
Remember when Sami went through marrying E.J. just to make his life hell? And then they for real got married.
» Family and love
Salem wouldn’t be the great town it is today without strong and loving families.
Of course, there is Tom and Alice Horton, who built Salem and helped shape the lives of so many.
Where would Salem be without their generosity?
My favorite couple is John and Marlena.
The love shared between these two is stronger than anything Stefano can throw their way.
And then there’s Bo and Hope. Nothing can stop the love they share. As the 50th anniversary arrives, let’s hope Bo reclaims his Fancy Face.
I’ve loved Jen and Jack for a long time — mostly because of their career: journalists. (Though, Jen is in PR now!)
Jack always seems to draw the short end of the straw, but these two shall remain inseparable (when he’s alive).
Shane and Kim. These two haven’t been on much over the more recent years, but their love and focus on family always takes center stage when they appear.
Yes, Maggie is with Victor now, but nothing can take away the love she has for Mickey Horton.
Daytime’s first supercouple: Doug and Julie. These two share a love beyond Salem … in the real world!
» Villans We love the love and family, but where would “Days of our Lives” be without its villains?
Stefano and the entire DiMera family (even Lexie!).
And Victor, the mischievous über wealthy mob man.
Good ol’ Kate Roberts. Not a day goes by where she’s not planning a nasty plot.
Kristen DiMera might be the queen of scheming — with her baby thefts and crazy attempts to get men to love her.
But then there’s Sami Brady. So, basically, she is the queen villain in Salem.
Eve Donovan knows her way around a good scheme. Ask Jen!
He might be a Horton and seem like a nice guy, but Nick Horton is a mastermind at at least trying to get what he wants. Except for when he was shot and killed.
Larry Welch is one creepy guy.
Oh, Lexie. It’s too bad you’re a DiMera … and now dead.
You can’t talk about villains without Vivian Alamain!!