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“_____, I can’t sleep.”

“I’m sorry.”

“I can’t sleep, _____.”

“I’m sorry, sugar. What do you want me to do about it?”

Feliciano sat up in the king-size bed that we––along with Kiku and Ludwig––were sharing. He was sitting in a “thinker” pose on the left end, I was beside him waiting for his reply, Ludwig was grumbling beside me, and Kiku was sleeping peacefully on the right end. We all decided to share a room (and a bed) on account of the Bad Touch Trio and Alfred throwing a massive Christmas party in Ludwig and Gil’s house (in which Kiku, Feli, Lovino, and I also stayed). Dozens of people had been invited by the Trio and my four-eyed friend, and they all had been invited to spend the night. Yeah.

After a moment of thinking, Feli finally answered with a simple, “Will you tell me a story?”

I blinked, partially to rid myself of the sleep in my eyes and partially in bemusement. “Uh, okay. What kind of story would you like?”

This sent Feli into another thinking moment, and he quickly replied, “A Christmas story!”

I heard Ludwig beside me groan in annoyance, then he turned over with his back toward us.

I giggled. “Okay. It’s Christmas Eve, after all. Why not?” I thought a while about a good Christmas story to tell, then it finally came to me. “I got one. It’s called ‘The Christmas Orange’.”

Feli blinked in confusion, his head tilting to one side. “Cosa?”

“An orange. Now, here’s how it goes. . .”

And so I began my story.

There was a boy by the name of Jake. He was nine years old one Christmas Eve. He had lots of things on his Christmas list, and he was very excited about the following day. So the next morning, Christmas Day, he darted to his family’s Christmas Tree and ravenously unwrapped his gifts to see what Santa had brought for him. But he stopped after opening the first gift. Inside the box he opened was a little mandarin orange.

“What?” said Feli. “An orange? Why did he get an orange for Christmas? Didn’t he want toys?”

I nodded. “Yeah, Feli. He did want toys. But Santa left him an orange.”

“Was that the only present Santa left him?”



I smiled at him. “I’m getting to that.”

Now, Jake was obviously upset when he found out that the only gift Santa brought him was a measly little orange. I mean, who wouldn’t be? It’s an orange! How are you supposed to ride that up and down the street, or play it so loud that the neighbors call the cops on you?

So Jake told his parents, who also thought it was pretty ridiculous. Then he called his friends, discovering that they had only received oranges as well. Everyone became greatly upset––and I mean everyone. Even chairmen and higher-up people in the town were upset to see that their good little children had gotten oranges from Santa. So they did the ballsiest thing they could do.

They sued him.

“What the hell are you telling him, _____?”

I turned my head to see Ludwig sitting up and looking very displeased with me.

I smiled innocently at him. “I’m telling him that they sued Santa Claus because he gave them all oranges.”

He rolled his eyes. “I heard that.” He rubbed his eyelids. “Just finish the verdammte story.”

I giggled. “Alright. It won’t be much longer, anyway.”

So they took Santa to court. He did show up, dressed in his crisp red and white suit with his matching hat. Near the end of the hearing, he was asked by the prosecutor, “Mr. Claus, I think it’s time your are asked this: Why exactly did you deliver oranges to children when you were supposed to deliver toys?”

Santa was silent for a moment, then sighed and replied slowly, “Well, son, it wasn’t so long ago that people, especially children, were content with what they had. They may not have had much, but they had enough, and they were grateful for it. But nowadays, you don’t see things like that anymore. People, especially children, are ungrateful, and wish for more even when they have more than they need, more than what they will ever use. That’s why I gave them all oranges––to teach them the lesson that you should be happy and content with the things you have, and cherish those things while you can, because they won’t always be there.”

A silence enveloped the dimly-lit room as I ended the story. I looked at Feli, who had a warm smile creep onto his face. “Mi è piaciuto. I liked that story.”

I smiled back. “Grazie, Feli. I like it, too.” I looked back at Ludwig. “What’d you think, Luddy?”

A light shade of pink dusted his cheeks at the sound of his pet-name, and he nodded curtly before lying back on the mattress. “Ja, it was a good story. Now let me sleep.”

A smirk played on my lips. “Sure, Lud. I’ll let you have your beauty sleep now. Not that you need any, anyway.”

He grunted, and as I lay down beside him I noticed a small smile on his lips.

I grinned. “I’m glad you liked it, Luddy. Did you like it, Kiku?”

“Hai. It was very nice and interesting,” Kiku replied from his spot on the bed, not moving an inch.

I snicker, and say, “C’mon, Feli. It’s time to go to bed.”

He smiled brightly. “Si, bella!” He quickly turned out the bedside lamp and snuggled up close to me. “Buonanotte, bella. E Buon Natale.”

I pat his head. “Night, Feli. And merry Christmas to you, too. To all of you guys.”

I closed my eyes and waited for sleep to overtake me, half-hoping that I would wake up the next morning to find an orange in one of my presents.

The Christmas Orange story has been written and translated so many times that I just don't know anything about the original. But the story I used was one that was based off of a TV special on ABC Family several years back during Christmastime.

Story © Me
Picture © Not me...
The Christmas Orange © I don't even know anymore...
Hetalia © :iconhimaruyaplz:
You © :iconitalyplz: :icongermanyplz: :iconkikuplz:
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gigi912912 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
isn't Finland (Tino) supposedly santa?

great story!!11
TimeWolfSaphira Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I loved it :D
Though it reminds me of the recent Doctor Who Christmas special xD
"Nobody likes the oranges...."- the 12th Doctor
RubyMilk Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014
They took Santa to court. XD
Mahogney Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013   Artist
Sued santa...LOL! Great story!! It was cute.
kitty-wisk Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
LOL! At first Luddy was like "Da hell..."
Lizardhero123 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Cricket: that was interesting. I heard another christmas orange story:

In this orphanage they couldn't afford presents for the children so they each got an orange, and they loved their oranges. They would drag it out for at least a week, smelling the peel feeling it and when it was about to go bad they would eat it slowly. But this one christmas was different, one boy had misbehaved and had his orange right taken away.
When the other children heard about it they left him alone as they held their oranges, not wanting to do with that boy that was orange-less. Well that night he cried himself to sleep, in the middle of the night he woke as something was shoved into his hand. Looking in he found a whole orange... but it was made of slices. The others had felt pity towards the boy and gave him part of theirs...

Well it's a summary of the story my family reads every christmas.
deerfluff Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
Aww! That is adorable!

lenkagaminexmiku Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
lol :iconitalyplz: :icongermanyplz: :iconkikuplz: :iconmoarplz:
Music-Is-Life-88 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist
This was so cute~!
It's ironic, because my Nonno always tells me about when he was a kid growing up in Italy and good children actually /did/ get oranges while the bad ones (like him) got coal xD
Djcrazybanana Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
yay :iconstampplz:
Sinichi37 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
Pudingmaster Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
What a nice story
TheTalkingTomato Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It was so cute!

When I heard they sued santa I was like :iconmegustaplz: ...but then I read the rest and I love it!
AnimeLover004 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
:iconapproveplz::iconstamplz: :iconjapanposeplz: :iconhetaliastamp1::iconhetaliastamp2:
They all love this story and so do I! :iconitalyplz: :icongermanyplz: :iconkikuplz:
Kitty-chan3215 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
agreed =u=
EllieTheSheephead Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww! thiz was so cute! and it's really true, people forhet to be grateful for what they already have!
Decepticon9000 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
KittyKat2583 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is such a cute story! Where did you get idea for this story within a story anyway? Aha, now I'm half expecting to get an orange for Christmas! XD
Ravens-of-Rome Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I was in class the other day reminiscing about my old Christmases and then I thought of the TV special called "The Christmas Orange" I watched several years ago. Back then, when I was younger and stupider, I thought the whole story was really weird, but now I look back at it and think, "This is an awesome story." And then I started thinking about Hetalia and what I was going to do next for a story. And boom, here it is!

Thank you! I'm glad you like it! :D
Raphael-TMNT Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
I really loved the moral point of this story <3 If it's not too bold, may I re-post this on my facebook? Nice work!!
Ravens-of-Rome Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure! As long as you put my name on it, it's fine! :D (or maybe just a link to it or something...)
stupidbread Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
f*ck yeah oranges
Ozumii Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
TROLL SANTA :icontrollrollplz:
OtakuRhi Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Awwww that story was just so adorable and kawaii desu ^w^
flotus-17 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student Artist
:icontrollfaceplz: santa be trollin
KibbyArt99 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOl, :iconlooolplz: this was cute and kinda funny!~
AndyStarfish Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
this is so cute -^U^- i completely agree with Santa onhis statment :)
TheRealParisBonnefoy Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
lol, Luddy was like: wtf? what are you telling him? im like, troll :icontrollmemeplz:
lifealwaysgoeson Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This explains so much... Like why I always get an orange even though I hate oranges. I really hate oranges.
SayuriChou Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So THAT'S why I always found an orange in my stocking on Christmas...
AnnaTheWonderGirl01 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, cute~! :aww:
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