B calls Nate, but has to hang up on his voicemail when Harold knocks and enters, about to do the right thing. I mean to say that once again, the show trades Nate and Harold for each other with barely a breath to stop and think. "Can I come in? Our flight leaves in a few hours. I wanted to say good-bye." He sighs and sits, and the love for his daughter just sings through every movement, it's great; never more so as she carefully keeps herself just beyond his touch, as we've been doing for generations, so that he'll try a little harder. Dads work a certain way. He asks her forgiveness for playing it this way, and springing Roman on her, but levels: "I knew that having him here would be hard for you, but I love you so much, and I love Roman, and I was hoping that if we were all thrown together, that something...perfect would happen, and that you would love him, too." That's Blair language, that's Blair talk. "If I combine these chaotic things into a room, something perfect will happen, but I don't know what it is." Which is kind of what Vanessa told Jenny to do, although it worked out in that case even weirder. Blair finally tells him how her plan was to fuck up the entire universe, like every week, and this would somehow result in him moving home, except for how he bought this gay vineyard and probably they're going to get gay married. He sheepishly admits that gay marriage is next on their gay agenda, and thus the destruction of America, from way over in France. "Great," she scoffs. "There's no room in your life for me anymore." He hands her a CD, tied with a ribbon, and motions toward her computer: "Sweetheart, there is always room for you. No matter where I am, no matter who I'm with...this is part of your Christmas gift."
And oh, maybe a little bit of that old Chrismukkah Spirit after all. The CD is full of pictures of a gorgeous estate, right outside Lyon. "Your house in France. It's very nice, Daddy; I'm sure you and Roman will totally enjoy it." And Harold shows her the room they've picked out and decorated, just for her. The place in their lives. There's a cute picture of Roman, holding "a cat named Cat," just like in Breakfast At Tiffany's, which was Roman's idea. "So...Merry Christmas, sweetheart. We're hoping that you'll spend the whole summer with us." Blair's actually touched, down to the bottom place where she misses him all the time. The whole summer. She's so beautiful.
Serena brings Dan into the art space they created, the snow falling blown by fans, the snowflake cutouts, the projected winter wonderland. "Merry Christmas. Do you like it? Do you think it's cheesy?" The things that they give each other: the appearance, the burlesque, of Christmas, over the environmental issues interfering with real Christmas: this is how their relationship should work, 24/7/365.25: I will give you the fantasy that we can't really have. Because of the Palace, because of global warming, I will give you the fantasies we have in common. He takes off his jacket and is beautiful, coming into the fantasy, boggled. "I had help from my elves," Serena giggled, doing exactly what Vanessa wanted, as sweetly as possible. Dan sits on the bed and explains that her secret $50 present is back "at home," but that his real, his Dan, his perfect present he could have offered all along, his gift he could have given her that would have taken all the stress away, the watch and New Yorker and all of it, that answer to a prayer: he has it here for her, now. (And honestly, this makes Vanessa even better this week, like maybe for all time, and if you didn't already assume that the "10-08-05" story was what it was, this is pretty Christmukkah, for everybody at once. Vanessa gave Dan and Serena the story of Dan and Serena. As she will for the foreseeable future. That's pretty cool.) Serena unfolds a series of spiral-bound pages and realizes it's the story. "Um. Well, I was accidentally invited to a birthday party where I met a girl. She only spoke two sentences to me, but I've never forgotten her." Serena finally realizes there's a level of weirdness/sweetness about Vanessa's gift that nobody could have expected, and they kiss. Vanessa gave them both the gift she wants most.