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Charity's overwhelmed by how happy Debbie is when she arrives at Tug Ghyll with Noah on Christmas morning. Charity and Cain make an effort to be civil with each other and reluctantly comply when Debbie announces that they're all going to Wishing Well for Christmas dinner. Cain receives a stark warning from Zak to be on his best behaviour but when Chas turns up for a festive drink, Cain's seething and in turn, ignoring Debbie's plea not to start an argument. Trying to keep the peace, Charity tells Cain to have a beer but as she opens a can, it explodes over Cain, sending him into a blind rage. Stifling her laughter, Charity winds up Cain, prompting Debbie to storm out when they begin to argue. Everyone's left sat in awkward silence. At the garage, Debbie pulls out the holdall of money and pours petrol over it, furious that her parents haven't even noticed that she's gone. Back at Wishing Well, Charity and Cain are still bickering when they realise that Debbie's gone and blaming each other, they go looking for her. They're horrified, though, when they see smoke rising from the garage - they immediately realise that Debbie's set the cash alight. As they race to try and salvage the charred money, they rage at Debbie who states that she put every last note on the fire to stop them arguing. With that, Debbie heads back to Wishing Well in an attempt salvage her Christmas with Sarah. Blaming each other, Charity and Cain return to Tug Ghyll. As they continue to snipe at each other, Charity casually states that it can't get any worse, so perhaps they should just get married. Both are bemused by the suggestion, but as they think about their history together, they seriously consider the suggestion. Stunned by the decision that they've reached, Charity beams as she formally asks Cain to marry her. Accepting, Cain shrugs and they seal the deal with a kiss. Elsewhere, Mark clearly over-indulged on Christmas presents for his family but is pleased that his efforts haven't gone unnoticed - even if it does feel bittersweet. While his family head out to the pub, Mark insists that they need cranberry sauce and goes to surprise Faye. He hands her an empty photo album for all their new memories but as they embrace, Ryan and Katie turn up. Mark panics but manages to exit unnoticed through the back door. Back at Home Farm, Mark's content as he checks his phone, before joining his family for dinner. Natasha, however, is clearly suspicious. Ashley sadly looks around at his empty house, grateful for Sandy and Diane 's presents and efforts to cheer him up. As he's loading the car with presents to take to the kids, Sally approaches with gifts. He advises her that it's probably not the best idea, before driving off. Sally then convinces Edna to invite Ashley over for Christmas dinner. Later, a downtrodden Ashley returns after his strained meeting with Laurel and appreciates the kind welcoming from Edna and Sally. However, his sadness is replaced by awkwardness at dinner when Sally pays him too much attention. Elsewhere, Nicola and Jimmy enjoy a quiet family Christmas; Paddy and Aaron head to the Bartons' for the rest of Christmas Day after the drama at the Dingles; and Adam's uncomfortable when Aaron arrives at Butler's but makes an effort with him.

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December 2009 episodes
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