Wrapped in Red

Common Sense Media says

Charming, festive album mixes classics with original tunes.





What parents need to know

Educational value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive messages

The holidays are the time to celebrate love and friendship, but if you're feeling sad, thinking of your favorite things can help make your days "merry and bright."

Positive role models

Clarkson is "not afraid to fall" and is "gonna risk it all" to tell someone how she feels, and she reminds kids that positive thinking helps when you're feeling blue.

Violence & scariness

"When the dog bites / When the bee stings" is as scary as the lyrics get.

Sexy stuff

The flirtatious "Baby, It's Cold Outside" references a romantic relationship, with the man asking, "Mind if I move closer?" and singing, "Ooh, your lips are delicious."

Not applicable

Although it's upbeat and catchy, "4 Carats" tells Santa to bring "just a little something from Tiffany" -- preferably "something sparkly" such as a diamond ring.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Brief mentions of drinking and a cigarette on "Baby, It's Cold Outside."

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. 

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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."

Families can talk 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? 

Music details

Artist:Kelly Clarkson
Release date:October 29, 2013
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 10 years old April 16, 2014


KELLY IS SUCH A GOOD SINGER!!! I really like this CD it is full of good classic songs and probably songs that are new now but will be classics!!!
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Great role models


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