Day Eight: Codbells of Tullyport Bay
This story is a part of Martin & Sylvia's Twelve Days of Christmas Story Collection.
In these stories, Martin and Sylvia explore what it means to celebrate the traditional "Twelve Days of Christmas," inspired by twelve delightful tales from 18th century Maine. Each story contains a "story-within-the-story" - about the colonial town of Tullyport as the founding families create Christmas traditions and celebrations that are unique, delightful and rich with community connection.
This story is Day Eight: Codbells of Tullyport Bay.
On this 8th day of Christmas, Martin is feeling overwhelmed with Sylvia’s plans. He is tired and doesn’t really want to commit his day to preparing costumes and building sets — but he also doesn’t want to hurt her feelings. After listening to the Tullyport story, however, brother and sister are inspired to tell each other the truth and then enjoy a day outside working on fairy houses.
From “Twelve Tales of a Tullyport Christmas”: “The Codbells of Tullyport Bay” There is a tradition in Tullyport in which the fisherman cease fishing during the Twelve Days of Christmas. They only put out to sea once during the season, on the 8th day of Christmas. And that is not to fish, but to address the “Codbells”, or sea fairies that tend to the cod. Whether they believe in the fairies or not, they all go out into the ocean, and declare their wishes for the coming year. This year, Francis’ Tully’s oldest son Carrick is 18, and he goes out alone to address the Codbells. When he makes the mistake of forgetting the Codbells and throwing in a line, it seems his hopes and dreams begin to unravel. Or do they?
This story addresses the value of being honorable and truthful.
Characters in this Story
Martin is the delightful older brother in all of the various Martin & Sylvia Series. Known for his bright ideas, his enterprising spirit and his kind heart, this seven year old boy finds adventure at all turns, and in all seasons.
Sylvia is the younger sister in the well-loved Martin & Sylvia stories. Five years old, she is known for her cleverness, her delight, and her wonderful sense of humor. She and her brother Martin create adventures and discover marvels -- whether they are at home or out exploring their town.
Little Laura is the young grand-daughter of Martin and Sylvia's next door neighbors - the Browns. When she comes to visit, Sylvia is particularly delighted, as they get to enjoy crafts and projects, and they explore the world through the eyes of a three year old.