Best Gift
A keyboard. My family didn't have a lot of money, but when I was 13, everyone pooled what they could and bought me one. I wrote my first song on it, "Never," about the relationship that would never happen with my crush because I had no guts. The keyboard is all beat up now, but I still have it.

Best Indulgence
Chips, salsa and queso. Tex-Mex restaurants always served it with meals while I was growing up. Now it's my comfort food. I frickin' love it.

Best Wardrobe Staple
I am a total jeans girl. It's a Texas thing: We don't get dressed up too often (I realize that means I'm probably in the wrong line of work), so I find ways to jazz up a comfortable pair of Levi's.

Best Performance
Singing at President Obama's second inauguration. I recently discovered that my great-great-great-grandfather fought for the Union in the Civil War. To know that I sang for our first African-American president generations later...I almost cry just thinking about it. I'm such a Hallmark card.

Best Way to Unwind
Since I'm usually talking and singing all day, I like to sit silently on my bed. My dogs, Security and Joplin (a Maltese and a miniature Labradoodle), end up jumping all over me, though, and I can never resist puppy playtime.

Best Advice
Sandra Bullock once said something like "Take advice as advice." Everyone gives you their two cents, but you have to follow your gut.

To hear a song from Kelly's new holiday album, Wrapped in Red, download the O iPad app.

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