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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Wrapped in Red is Kelly Clarkson's first holiday album and includes Christmas classics and five original songs about love during the holidays. There are religious overtones on the traditional carol "Silent Night" featuring country queens Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood and some flirtatious lyrics on the jazzy "Baby, It's Cold Outside," a duet with Ronnie Dunn, but this festive album will get the whole family in the holiday spirit.
What's the story?
Kelly Clarkson's first holiday collection, WRAPPED IN RED, is the sixth album to be released from the original American Idol. There's a mix of traditional tunes such as "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Blue Christmas," and "White Christmas," as well as five original songs, including "Winter Dreams (Brandon's Song)," which she dedicates to her husband Brandon Blackstock. With a variety of genres represented on Clarkson's album -- blues, country, and pop -- there's a tune for everyone to enjoy.
Is it any good?
Although the Motown-inspired "Please Be Home for Christmas (Bells Will Be Ringing)" and the country-sounding "Blue Christmas" both mention having the blues because loved ones aren't near, Clarkson's lively, original "Wrapped in Red" -- which she states was inspired by a scene in Love Actually -- emphasizes the need to show others how much you love them during the holidays. Her powerful pipes stand out on her traditional rendition of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," the soulful "Every Christmas," and the jazzy, piano-driven "White Christmas." Kids will enjoy dancing to the rocking "Run Run Rudolph" and upbeat "4 Carats."
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Kelly Clarkson's original song "4 Carats." What can you do to remember that Christmas isn't just about presents? How can you give back to others during the holidays?
Which song is your favorite? Do you prefer Kelly Clarkson's contemporary renditions of these holiday classics or the original versions?
What are some of your favorite things about the holidays?
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