A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The music is hopeful and positive, while Underwood has clearly perservered to get to this point as a successful artist.
Positive Role Models
Underwood is kind, loves her family and being a mom, and is hard-working. She is white and many of her backup singers are Black.
Products & Purchases
It does promote Underwood's holiday album, My Gift.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that My Gift: A Christmas Special from Carrie Underwood is just what its title proclaims -- a musical holiday special starring American Idol winner and country star Carrie Underwood (The Sound of Music Live). The special is a companion to her first holiday album, My Gift, and features a blend of original and classic Christmas songs. This fully family-friendly special would be great for country fans to watch in the background of a holiday get-together or dinner.
Is It Any Good?
Fans of Underwood and holiday extravanzas will enjoy this glitzy but heartfelt special. It's pretty serious and reverent in tone (no goofy versions of "Jingle Bells" to be seen here), with many of the songs following a religious theme. The costume changes are fun to watch; in true country style, her dresses and earrings get more extravagant as the special goes on. Underwood can really belt it, and her vocal skills are fully on display here. Still, it's not the most exciting thing to watch, but it's pleasant and fans will be pleased. This special would be great for country fans to watch in the background of a holiday get-together or dinner.
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