Hair on Fire: A Heartwarming & Humorous Christmas Memoir

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Tired of focusing on the stressful hustle and bustle of December? These delightful stories brim with Christmas nostalgia and heartwarming moments.

Are you hoping to rediscover the magic of the winter holidays? Looking for traditional inspiration for your upcoming Xmas parties? Ever wondered what’s behind the twelve days of gift-giving? The daughter of a real cowboy, award-winning author Larada Horner-Miller, grew up in a small rural community in southeastern Colorado. Now she’s using her seventy years of festive experiences to share the true meaning of the season and how to rejoice in its miracles.

My Hair on Fire is a compilation of scripture, poems, and prose all centered around family. Using vivid and humorous language, Horner-Miller reveals a treasure trove of tales that will touch anyone’s heart. And when you immerse yourself in the warmth of her stories, you’ll soon be looking forward to the big day with refreshed anticipation and pure happiness.

In My Hair on Fire, you’ll discover:

  • A vibrant celebration of Christmas specialness that will reawaken your inner child
  • At look at the mix of sadness and joy that the 25th of December can trigger and why it’s okay
    to embrace them both
  • An immersive retelling of what Joseph and Mary experienced on the road to Bethlehem, so you
    can put yourself in the Holy Family’s shoes.
  • What the traditions of a New Mexican holiday entail and how to bring them to life
  • The reason you should never stand too close to the angels in a pageant, and much, much more!
  • My Hair on Fire is a charming collection of Christmas memories told through poetry and prose.
    If you like nostalgic journeys, evocative memoirs, and light-hearted joy, then you’ll love Larada Horner-Miller’s Yuletide gift.


Saturated in warmth and seasonal radiance, this charming memoir twinkles with good tidings of comfort and joy. Delightful!


Brimming with heartfelt anecdotes, nostalgic escapades, and timeless humor, Hair on Fire is a Christmas memoir like no other. It will warm your heart, make you laugh uproariously, and transport you back to the most magical time of the year. So grab a hot cocoa and snuggle under a cozy blanket while Horner-Miller beguiles with her tales!

If love for a holiday can shine through print, these pages would glow.

Redolent with the joy of the season, this charming memoir captures the season’s thrill of hope with eloquence and ebullience. It offers creative ideas to augment, enhance, and deepen your own Christmas celebrations and extend the holiday season beyond Christmas Day. While sharing some celebratory traditions and reflections, the author’s own story is tucked into the text along with choice Christmas memories from yesteryear. These will resonate especially well with readers of a certain age. Creative ideas, insights, and inspiration galore will help make your season bright. Also Tamales! Luminarias! Epiphany! Indeed, Hair on Fire will have you humming Silent Night faster than you can say “Jim and Della Dillingham Young.” (You’ll get that if you know your O. Henry.)

The writing is bright and cozy. The book opens with Mary and Joseph and winds down with same. In between there’s a hefty helping of nostalgia that’s as rich and welcoming as chestnuts roasting on an open fire. (Oh, those silver Christmas trees of yesteryear! The Sears Wish Book! And yep, I did know the liturgical background for The Twelve Days of Christmas.)  The illustrations and photos are priceless! And the hair on fire thing? That’s explained in the Introduction and Chapter 7. Nestled into the narrative are bits and pieces of the author’s own story, including a divorce and the loss of an adopted child.

Saturated in warmth and seasonal radiance, this charming book will thaw the heart of even a pre-redemptive Scrooge. Most chapters are short, twinkling with tidbits of good tidings, comfort, and joy. (Tip: Don’t miss the short story in Chapter 28. Just sayin’.)  Most chapters conclude with interrogatories designed to engage the reader and prompt reflection, remembrances, or both. Such as, “Are similar traditions like mine important to you? Do you have different ones?” Or, “Do you have a favorite Christmas memory that has affected your whole life? How old were you? How did it affect you?”

The gentle prose skillfully conjures up “childhood images and excitement” while offering a “Christ-centered yet celebratory” look at the holy day, anchored in “the magic of the Nativity and the Christ child.’” Readers young and old are encouraged to unwrap their own favorite Christmas memories and/or create new ones. (The injection of politics into the narrative a la January 6 is unfortunate. It may leave some readers scratching their heads.)

The closing pages include an Appendix with a recipe (yum!) and lists of the author’s favorite Christmas Readings and Christmas Movies. Readers of a certain age will recognize all or most on both lists.

Finally, tip-toeing through Hair on Fire is like taking a walk down Memory Lane with a good friend. It’s like sitting down with a hot cuppa. Plopping in a peppermint stick. Dusting off an old LP of Bing Crosby crooning White Christmas or Evie Tornquist Karlsson singing Come on Ring Those Bells while the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful. Let it glow! Let it glow! Let it glow!

Kristine L.