A Reba Christmas: Songs, Trees, and Shelby
Reba McEntire loves Christmas so much in her career that she has released four Christmas albums. Her first, Merry Christmas To You, was released in 1987.
In 2013, Kelly Clarkson asked her and Trisha Yearwood to join her on “Silent Night” during her NBC Christmas special. Reba later told us it was her favorite holiday song to sing, “I love ‘Silent Night.’ I love it, mainly because I got to sing it with my two buddies, Kelly Clarkson and Trisha Yearwood.”
Reba has many Christmas memories, but one that stands out in her mind involves her then-young son Shelby, who is now married and in his 30s. She shared. “I’ll never forget one Christmas morning. I woke up, and I was laying on my left side, and I felt something, and I opened up my eyes, and Shelby was three inches away from my face. He said, ‘Mom, you’re not gonna believe what Santy Claus weft for me.’ And so, he said, you’ve got to come here.”
She continued, “I got up out of bed and went in there, and there was this little tractor-trailer set that he had just fallen in love with at the store. He’s seen it, and he said, ‘I can’t believe he bought this for me.’ He was so cute.”
Reba also told us she goes for a fake tree when it comes to picking a tree. She said, “I definitely have an artificial tree because when we were growing up, we’d all go out on the ranch and cut down a Christmas tree, bring it in, and then we had to water it every other day – make sure the coffee can was full of water – and the cedar needles got everywhere. So nowadays, I just go with an artificial tree, and I can leave it with the lights on half the year.”
She also told us she leaves her tree up after Christmas. She asked, “How long do I leave my Christmas tree and decorations up? Well, after Christmas, I am so in tune with the sparkly lights that I leave the lights on and take the Christmas ornaments off. It keeps it really festive.”