Day Five: The Star in the Apple
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 Five: The Star in the Apple.
On the fifth day of Christmas, Momma, Martin and Sylvia bring Laura some healing tea and good cheer while Daddy stays home with his own Christmas cold. Though Momma is hesitant to impose, brother and sister are sure that a visit from friends is exactly what Laura needs.
From “Twelve Tales of a Tullyport Christmas”: “The Star in the Apple”
Marie Tully, wife of Francis Tully, has a gift for healing. In coming to America, she has left all of the native plants behind her, not to mention her mother and aunts, all of whom mentored her in the ways of medicinal herbs. And now she is expecting her third child. In a beautiful and surprising moment, she encounters Mikeh, an elder in the Wabenaki tribe, who offers to guide her and give her what she needs for the birth. Mikweh and his Wabenaki family give gifts to the Tullys that will sustain them for years to come.
This story values the gift of elders.
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.