Yingle Bells

by Kaitlin

Disclaimer: Please note that I do not own any of the characters and I am in no way affiliated with I Love Lucy except as a fan.

Author's note: This is my first try at fan fiction, so don't expect too much. I decided to write it because I haven't seen any I Love Lucy fan fic, so I thought other people might be interested in reading it. I hope you enjoy it!


It's was a normal morning at the Ricardo's. Ricky's face is in the newspaper while Lucy is trying to get him to look up.

"Bye Honey," Ricky said as he stood up. He kissed Lucy on her cheek then left.

Ethel enters a couple seconds after Ricky leaves.

"Hi Lucy," she said while she sat down at the kitchen table and helps herself to a cup of coffee.

"Help yourself Ethel," Lucy said when she noticed Ethel.

"So did what did Ricky say about performing in the show?"

"Well, he didn't say no..." Lucy said mischievously.

"So he said yes?" she replied.

"Not exactly," Lucy said.

"So you didn't ask him. How are you going to get him to perform if you don't ask him?" Ethel said. "You can't just back out of it now, you already promised the Women's Club that he'd perform in the Christmas Pageant."

"I know that! I'm just waiting for the right time to ask him. Plus, you know what they say," Lucy declared, "you catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar!" Ethel finished with her.

"I know, you've said it to me millions of time and it has never worked!" Ethel exclaimed.

"Sure it has, hundreds of times!" Lucy replied.

"Really? Name one!" Ethel retorted.

"Well, there was the time when ... and then of course when..."Lucy said desperately trying to recall a time when that advice had actually worked. "You're right. So I'll try a different approach, I'll say either I get to be in his show or he has to be in mine! You know he won't let me in his show, so he'll have to be in mine."

"I knew your scheming brain would come up with a plan!" Ethel replied. "Lucy, can I ask you a question?"

"You just did. But go ahead ask me another."

"Where did you get that wacky brain?" Ethel said with sincere wonder. "No one else I've met in my entire life could think of as many ideas as you could!"

"From my mother," Lucy replied with a laugh. "You think I get a lot of ideas, try spending a week with her!"

CUT TO The Tropicana

Ricky is just getting into the studio.

"Hi Ricky," Mr. Littlefield (his boss) said.

"Oh, hi Mr. Littlefield," he replied as he hung up his jacket.

"I have a new idea for a show," Mr. Littlefield said. "Because it's the Christmas season, I think we should have a show dedicated to families. We can have Mrs. Ricardo in the show, and maybe a couple of your closest friends."

"I don't think that's such a good---" Ricky started to say.

"Of course it's a good idea," Mr. Littlefield interrupted. "Think of it this way. What is Christmas all about? Family! Having your family and friends in the show would be a sellout!"

"I'm still not sure---" Ricky once again started to say.

"Look Ricardo! It's either this or your fired!" Mr. Littlefield threatened.

"Okay, Okay, I'll get Lucy and the Mertz's in the show," Ricky said finally giving up.

"I knew you'd see it my way Ricky," Mr. Littlefield exclaimed, "now start rehearsing some Christmas songs for the show."

INT Ricardo's living room

"Hi Honey I'm home!" Ricky yelled as he walked in with a box of chocolates and a bouquet of flowers.

"Oh hi Ricky," Lucy said as she walked toward her husband and gave him a kiss on the cheek.

"Listen, I have something to ask you," Lucy and Ricky said simultaneously.

"You go first," Lucy and Ricky said, again simultaneously.

"I'll go first," Lucy volunteered. "Will you be in the..." Lucy starts but stops as she notices the flowers and candy, "what are those for?"

"They're for you of course! I was just waiting for my turn to talk," Ricky said, "continue, will I be in what?"

"Will you be in my Women's Club's Christmas pageant?" Lucy said.

"Abslutely not!" Ricky said, nearly yelling.

"What do you mean 'abslutely not'?" Lucy cried. "If you won't be in the Christmas pageant, then you have to let me in your show!"

"Okay, you can be in the show," Ricky said silently thinking 'Yes!'.

"I knew you'd... what!?!?!" Lucy exclaimed, "I never thought I'd live to say this, but I don't want to be in your show! You have to be in the pageant!"

"No, I won't be in any Christmas pagean' and that's that!" Ricky shouted.

"Aww now Ricky!" Lucy said then she sighed and finally gave up. "What were you going to ask me."

"Never mind," Ricky said with a smile.

"Tell me Ricky, it had to be important if you bought me flowers and candy!" exclaimed Lucy.

"It was nothing, in fact, I forgot what I was going to ask you," Ricky said.

Suddenly it hit her. Why would he want her to be in his show? He would never let her be in it before, when she really wanted to be. She decided to use a different approach. "Okay, well I guess I'm not going to be in your show if you won't be in mine," she said silently hoping that he would give in and be in her show.

"But you already said you would!" he blurted without thinking, "I mean, you always try--"

"I knew it! This is just like the time I had to be in the show or else there wouldn't be a show! I have you all figured out Ricky Ricardo and if you think I'm going to be in your show--" Lucy yelled.

"Okay, Okay, I'll be in your dumb pagean'," Ricky interrupted knowing he had been defeated, "but only if you're in my show."

"This is my lucky day! You're going to be in my show, and I get to be in yours!" Lucy said. "What day is your show on?"

"Friday December 18, exactly one week before---" Ricky started to say.

"Uh oh," Lucy said.

"What's that 'uh oh' about? Don't tell me yours is on the same day!" Ricky said.

"Well, maybe you can change the day of yours, I mean afterall, aren't you the one in charge of the day it goes on?" Lucy said hopefully.

"No can do. Mr. Littlefield is goin' on vaction Saturday, and the sets aren't supposed to arrive until Thursday night," Ricky said, "why don't you change the day of yours?"

"I can't change the day either, we already printed and sent out all the posters," Lucy said, "Wait! What time does yours start?"

"7:30, why?"

"Mine doesn't start until 8:00, so maybe you can do your introduction, do a number, and then Fred and Ethel can go on. Then you can go to mine a do a couple of numbers while I go to the Tropicana and do my number..."

The Night of the Shows

"Everyone know what to do?" Lucy asked everyone.

"Yep," they all say in unison.

They all exit the Ricardo's apartment. Ethel, Fred, and Ricky get one cab, while Lucy gets another.

CUT TO Tropicana

"Hello everyone, and welcome to the tropicana," Ricky begins "we have a wonderful show lined up for you. For my first number, I will sing Yingle Bells."

Ricky clears his throat and begins to sing:

Dashing through the snow in a one horse open sleigh
and o'er the fields we go laughing all the way.
The bells on bobtail ring making spirits bright.
What fun it is to ride and sing a sleighing song tonight.

Yingle bells, yingle bells, yingle all the way!
Oh, what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh.
Yingle bells, yingle bells, yingle all the way!
Oh, what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh.

There is a series of laughing and applauding from the crowd.

CUT TO The Theatre

"And well, here's the Women's Club chorus with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," Lucy said in a rush. The chorus came on and Lucy ran out the door. The chorus begins singing:

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen,
Comet and Cupid and Donder and Blitzen.,
But do you recall
The most famous reindeer of all?

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Had a very shiny nose,
And if you ever saw it,
You could even say it glows. (crowd says like a lightbulb!)
All of the other reindeer
Used to laugh and call him names; (crowd says like Pinochio!)
They never let poor Rudolph
Join in any reindeer games. (crowd says like Monopoly!)
Then one foggy Christmas Eve,
Santa came to say: (crowd says in his underwear)
Rudolph with your nose so bright,
Won't you guide my sleigh tonight?
Then how the reindeer loved him
As they shouted out with glee, (crowd says Yippee!)
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,
You'll go down in history. (crowd says like George Washington!)

Ethel and Fred run in just as they finish singing. They run on stage.

CUT TO Ricardo's Apartment, after the show.

Lucy, Fred, Ethel, and Ricky walk in.

"That was fun, but I never EVER want to do anything like that again!" Lucy said with a laugh. They all agreed with her.


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