Day Twelve: Lighting the Way
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 Eleven: Feast of Eleven Sails.
It’s the twelfth day of Christmas, and Martin and Sylvia’s family is preparing for the Twelfthnight celebration. Everyone has their own task to do, and oh, how the preparation is wonderful! When it all comes together — the lights, the fire, the food the music, the friends — it couldn’t be better. Except, when a surprise visitor arrives to delight them all.
From “Twelve Tales of a Tullyport Christmas”: “Lighting the Way”
“The lighthouse must be done by Christmas,” insists Francis Tully, now 65 years old. His eldest son Carrick is coming home from Ireland, despite the unpredictable winter weather. Once it is built, Francis stubbornly insists on staying in the lighthouse, keeping the lamps lit for Carrick’s ship. He would miss all of Tullyport’s Twelve Days celebrations, were it not for the family and friends that bring the celebration to him. And when Carrick arrives, the full Twelfthnight celebration begins.
The story explores the love and commitment of family and community, and how ‘together – they can do anything!’
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.
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.
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.
The Webers are some of Martin and Sylvia's family's very closest friends. The Weber children - Jonathan and Sasha - are regular playmates over at the tall house with lots of windows. And the two families often have wonderful and even extraordinary adventures together.