Jerry Peterson, the writer and his books


Hello and a good Christmas to you

The house is decorated. The stockings are hung by the chimney with care.

No, they aren’t. We don’t do that. We don’t have a fireplace, thus we don’t have a mantle from which to hang stockings. But a neighbor has hung two stockings in one of her windows. She thought it looked neat, and it does.

All we need now is snow here in southern Wisconsin. I’m ready. I’ve waxed the snow shovel, and I’ve fired up the snow blower.

Words for the season

I’ve written a lot of Christmas stories over the years, maybe fifteen.

This year I was zapped. I didn’t have idea one . . . until I was handed two assignments . . .

— The first by one of my writers groups: Write a story about your worst Christmas ever or the worst Christmas ever for one of your characters.

In all my seventy-seven years, I think every Christmas has been one I’ve enjoyed. So I had to look to one of my characters, and I settled on John Wads. I have him driving up north to spend Christmas with Grandma, only he ends up in the ditch. The deputy who comes on the accident thinks Wads may be drunk or impaired by who knows what. So he hauls him off to jail.

Christmas in jail. Can there be anything worse?— My pastor gave me the second assignment: Write a Christmas story you can read during Kids Kirk on Christmas Eve morning.

For that, I got to wondering what Christmas must be like for a child in Puerto Rico this year, after the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

Click on EXTRAS, then click on MY SHORT STORIES. That’s where you can read “A Child’s Christmas.”



Calendar -- 2018

April 7: Spring Fair to Remember. Washington County Fair Park,               West Bend, WI,                          9 a.m.-4 p.m.

April 28: Spring Salad Luncheon & Craft Show.      St. William Parish,      Janesville, WI,                          11 a.m.-2 p.m.

June 23-24: Shopiere Days. Sweet Allen Park, Sharon, WI, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

July 7: Beachside Authorfest. Library Park, Lake Geneva, WI, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

August 4:                                    Lake County Authorfest. Round Lake Beach Civic Center,                               Round Lake, Il,                         10 a.m.-4.p.m.

August 26:                                 Fiesta Organica.                     Oak Village Garden Center, Janesville, WI,                            10 a.m.-3 p.m.

October 13:                          Cargill UMC Craft Show.         Rock County Fairgrounds, Janesville, WI,                           9 a.m.-3 p.m.

October 20:                          Murder at the Library.              Hedberg Public Library, Janesville, WI,                           7 p.m.

November 7, 14, 28: NaNoWriMo writing sessions.                      Beloit Public Library,          Beloit, WI,                         6-8 p.m.

November 2-3:                  Christmas on the Prairie. Rock Prairie Church, Janesville, WI,                   9 a.m.-4 p.m.

November 10:                    Holiday Craft Bonanza.     Mt. Horeb, WI,                   9 a.m.-4 p.m.

November 18:         Christmas Open House. Oak Village Garden Center, Janesville, WI,                    9 a.m.-5 p.m.

December 1:         Christmas Craft Fair. Whitnall High School,                         New Berlin, WI,                 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

December 8:          Christmas to Remember. Washington County Fair Park,                          West Bend, WI,                  9 a.m.-4 p.m.