Kelly Clarkson says 'Christmas Eve' hit was a 'happy accident'

PHOTO: Honoree Kelly Clarkson speaks onstage during Billboard Women in Music 2017 at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center, Nov. 30, 2017, in Hollywood, Calif. PlayFrazer Harrison/Getty Images
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Kelly Clarkson said she never expected her latest holiday hit, "Christmas Eve," to take off the way it has in part because it was written for a children's book.

"'Christmas Eve' actually wasn't supposed to be a single or a song out for anything," Clarkson, 35, told ABC News. "And then it ended up being such a big song they were like, 'Wait, we want to release this!' And I was like, 'Oh, OK!'"

The song was originally meant to be part of Clarkson's book, "River Rose and the Magical Christmas," she said. But how people received the song surprised her.

PHOTO: Singer-songwriter Kelly Clarkson performs onstage during the Merry Mix Show 2017 at ACL Live on Dec. 13, 2017 in Austin, Texas.Rick Kern/WireImage via Getty Images
Singer-songwriter Kelly Clarkson performs onstage during the Merry Mix Show 2017 at ACL Live on Dec. 13, 2017 in Austin, Texas.

"It's literally so fun to sing and it just kind of puts you in this happy mood that gets you ready for Christmas," Clarkson added. "And it's cool because it was like a happy accident. It wasn't supposed to even be, like, a big thing."

In fact, Clarkson likes her song so much that she tweeted Thursday, "Am I jamming to my Christmas album 'Wrapped in Red' and my new song 'Christmas Eve' while finishing up a Christmas present I’m making? Yes. Yes I am!"

After a few non-stop months promoting her new album "Meaning of Life," it's no wonder Clarkson is ready for Christmas festivities.

She said her favorite holiday tradition is one that's not always easy to achieve with her large family: "all being in one place."

PHOTO: Kelly Clarkson at the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball in Toronto, Dec. 9, 2017.Michael Hurcomb/REX/Shutterstock
Kelly Clarkson at the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball in Toronto, Dec. 9, 2017.

"We have a blended family, and we have four kids," Clarkson added, explaining why it's difficult to be under one roof. Still, the singer said when they can gather together, her family focuses on "just celebrating the fact that we're all healthy and happy and blessed."

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