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Kelly Clarkson shares her thoughts on families and the comforts of home YouTube/ExtraTV
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As many of us are preparing to travel to visit family for the holidays, it’s heartbreaking to consider that there are some children in the United States who still don’t have a place to call home or people to call family. Kelly Clarkson is aware of it, and while she’s grateful for the people that she calls her family, she’s also taking part in a program to help bring attention to this plight.

Kelly will be one of the performers on the Dec. 19 CBS special, “A Home for the Holidays.” The show, which also includes performances from Kacey Musgraves, Kane Brown and Josh Groban, shines a light on those parents and children whose lives have been changed by adoption.

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Yes, the stories are touching, heart-wrenching and beautifully emotional, and Kelly admits, “I literally have to kind of shut off so I can make it through my performances.”

But it sounds as if taking part in the special is a good reminder to Kelly of how special and large her family is.

“I love my family, but I also have a lot of friends and people that I call family that aren’t my blood,” she says. “I think you choose them and I think that that, too, how beautiful that you’re chosen.” She then jokes, “My mom just got stuck with me. She didn’t get to pick.”

Kelly’s two littles, River and Remy, didn’t get to pick either, but we can’t imagine that they’re too mad about it, especially with Christmas growing near.

When some families are bringing out new matching holiday-themed jammies on Christmas Eve to wear while waiting for Santa, Kelly is more of a “why wait” girl. She jokes, “I live in my pajamas and workout clothes that I don’t work out in.”

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According to Josh Groban, there are over 400,000 children currently in foster care in the United States who are awaiting adoption.

Several country stars know firsthand the importance of adoption, including Faith Hill, Rodney Atkins, and artist-turned-author Jimmy Wayne, who grew up in the foster care system. In fact, in 2010, Jimmy walked more than 1,600 miles from Nashville to Phoenix to raise awareness of homeless young people and those children who face aging out of the foster system. He chronicles his life’s journey through foster care and his efforts to raise awareness of those young people in his book, “Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way.”

We’re sending truckloads of warm wishes and hopes for a home in the new year to these brave young people.

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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