Credit: Kelly Clarkson on Twitter Photo: Kelly Clarkson's Awkward Family Christmas Photo

It’s Kelly Clarkson’s first Christmas with her new family, and she’s pulling out all the stops.

Even when this means staging a super awkward-but-cute photo where she, new husband Brandon Blackstock, and his kids, Savannah and Seth, (and even their dogs!) are being held hostage by Santa, who sits nearby happily enjoying his milk and cookies

Kelly tweeted the photo Tuesday with the caption, “Merry Christmas from the Blackstocks!”

And although Kelly’s been up in arms lately about cheating rumors already being spread about her husband of less than three months via tabloids, it’s for a good reason: she really loves her new family.

Since having an opportunity to be a loving stepmother, Kelly enjoys every moment and all the joy and happiness that comes with being a parent,” Johnathon Arndt, friend to the family and designer of couple’s wedding bands told People.

We believe it — Kelly has never seemed like the evil stepmother type to us!

“Kelly loves her stepchildren with all of her heart, and that has given her even more passion to have her own children to add to the loving family," Johnathon added. "Family always come first for both Kelly and Brandon."

We can’t wait to see what they come up with for next year’s card when they’ve got a new baby to add to the photo!

Source: Twitter, People