Day Two: Toys on the Doorstep
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 Two: Toys on the Doorstep. It is the second day of Christmas, and Sylvia is blue. She feels like Christmas is over, and there is no more fun to be had. But when they listen to the next Tullyport story, brother and sister are inspired to bring more Christmas joy and delight to Laura, the Brown's granddaughter.
"Twelve Tales of a Tullyport Christmas:Toys on the Doorstep". Francis Tully and Alistair Breen grew up together in Ballyclare, Ireland. Though they were opposites in many ways — one jolly and the other serious — they were the best of friends. And eventually, Francis was able to bring his old friend to the new town of Tullyport Maine. During a particularly difficult Christmas season, they work together to bring some joy to children of their new town.
This story honors all of the feelings that come with Christmas, both happy and sad.
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.