Emmerdale Christmas Day Spoilers: Declan sets fire to Home Farm! And Sam proposes to Rachel! (VIDEO)

by Lynn Connolly

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In an hour long episode of Emmerdale that airs on Christmas Day, Alicia’s stressed, because of course, it’s the day of her wedding, and everything seems to be going wrong.

Her boiler has packed in, so she can’t get ready at home, then Val accidentally burns her hair whilst styling it. Meanwhile, Val has got a bad feeling Priya will spoil their wedding day, and tells Alicia why.

Over with the Pollards, David is violently sick. When Priya sees Alicia in the window she gives her a murderous glare, perhaps Val is right?

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With doubts setting in, Alicia rings David to tell him her concerns, however, an optimistic David puts the day back on track, but even still, their day is not plain sailing as more surprises and trouble turn up.

So with a dress disaster, a shock arrival and some bad news, could their happy day be in jeopardy?

Meanwhile, alone at Home Farm and full of self-pity, Declan is as low as he has ever been.

Elsewhere, at a hotel, Megan’s alone wallowing in her self-pity over being so tragically alone at this time of year.

Later, Charity joins Declan for a drink in the Woolpack as Jai watches, but Jai feigns indifference when Charity leaves with Declan.

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In the meantime, overwhelmed with guilt, Sam sneaks back to Home Farm and replaces the stolen presents, clumsily knocking the tree over before leaving. But when Megan returns home, she’s shocked to see the state of the place…

She heads out to look for Declan, and not long after, Declan comes home with Charity, but disturbed by his attitude, Charity soon leaves. However, worried about the way she left things, she soon decides to go back to Home Farm.

She arrives and is stunned to see Declan with a petrol can. He’s shocked that she’s caught him in the act of pouring petrol around the house. Charity tries to talk sense into him, but Declan is hell bent on destroying everything, including himself.

He continues to douse the house with petrol, and with her words having no effect, Charity’s horrified when Declan lights a match and drops it on the Christmas tree. Charity’s shocked as they watch the flames take hold.

Over at the Dingles, as Jai comes to see Archie on Christmas day, Zak’s thrilled to hear Sam is going to propose to Rachel, and gives him some money to get some champagne.

Later, Rachel gets a text from Sam to meet him at Robblesfield Rock. When they meet up, Rachel’s bemused as he tells her to close her eyes and wait. But soon, Rachel accepts Sam’s proposal, putting the blue plastic ring on her finger.

Also, Kerry’s plan to make Christmas perfect ends in disaster when she gets carried away with Dan and burns the turkey. And will little Arthur’s Christmas hopes come true?

Here’s a look at what’s coming up…

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.