Rochelle Doan Craig Offers Amusing Christmas Anecdotes

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New book collects years of Christmas letters and offers readers family-oriented – and funny – tales.

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It looks back to the ’80s and ’90s, at how things were different in a rural community without all the amenities of city life or even compared to life nowadays.

With the publication of her new collection “The Twelve Years of Christmas: 1984-1995: The Hotly Contested Memoirs of a Slightly Sub-Normal, Rural Family through the Use and Abuse of Those Dreaded Form Letters” (published by iUniverse), author Rochelle Doan Craig courts the disfavor of her family and friends by offering readers the humorous stories from her Christmas letters.

“It is not just a Christmas story,” Craig says. “It’s the humorous, barely exaggerated memoirs of our family of six children and assorted pets. It covers the years 1984-1995, when the kids were gradually leaving our rural nest – at our insistence. The pets were allowed to stay on because they entertained us and didn’t keep asking for money. Most names have been changed to protect the innocent – and the guilty too!”

An excerpt from “The Twelve Years of Christmas”:

“Six weeks after we moved into our new home near Pegtown, Tom and I were stopped at Pegtown’s one and only stoplight – and it’s still the only one. It was 5:00 a.m. and I was in labour for our firstborn and, unknown even to me, within an hour of delivery. While stopped for that red traffic signal, Tom and I came to one of the few things in our married life together that we’ve agreed upon and stuck to.”

Craig knows her book will find an audience. “It looks back to the ’80s and ’90s, at how things were different in a rural community without all the amenities of city life or even compared to life nowadays,” she says. “It also shows a marked difference in child-rearing techniques – or lack of them.”

“The Twelve Years of Christmas”
By Rochelle Doan Craig
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 304 pages | ISBN 9781450274562
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 304 pages | ISBN 9781450274555
E-Book | 304 pages | ISBN 9781450274579
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Rochelle Doan Craig is an unrecognized artist; a much-maligned, burned-out retired high school and elementary school teacher; and a tough-love (before that term was invented) mother of six. She lives with her husband, Tom, and their pets on their cliff-top Lake Erie farm in the southernmost area of Canada.

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