Reba McEntire Shares the Sweetest Christmas Memories—One from Her Oklahoma Childhood, Another from Motherhood

McEntire catches up with her record label, UMG Nashville, to tell some of her favorite Christmas memories.

This time of year, we've got Reba McEntire Christmas tunes playing on the regular, from 1999's The Secret of Giving: A Christmas Collection to 2016's My Kind of Christmas. Now, courtesy of the country star's record label, UMG Nashville, we're thrilled to hear the singer recall some of her most cherished yuletide memories.

In her interview with UMG Nashville, she recalls one memory about Christmas morning in her childhood home, and another about her son, Shelby, when he was a little boy. First, here's the glimpse she offers us into the McEntire residence when she was growing up in Oklahoma: "The funniest thing I can always remember about Christmastime is my older brother Pake, when we were kids at home, he'd always be the first one to jump out of bed and run down the hall, and he'd just run down the hall with his underwear on," she says. "And he'd say, 'If y'all don't hurry up and get up and get in here, I'm opening all the presents by myself.' But he knew it was a standing rule we all had to be in there before anybody could open up a present, but I can still see Pake running down the hall." Quite the vision of chaos and joy, huh?

Next, she jumps ahead to memories from early motherhood, revealing a special moment accompanying her son's Santa Claus haul: "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," she shares. "He said, 'Mom, you're not gonna beweive what Santy Claus weft for me.' And so, he said you've got to come here. 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 beweive he bought this for me.' He was so cute."

For more of McEntire's Christmas traditions from her grandma's banana pudding—which McEntire took to new, rich heights one year with the addition of peanut butter—to finding a Christmas tree in Southeastern Oklahoma, watch our video with the country great below.

WATCH: Reba's Family Has The Best Christmas Traditions

We're hoping everyone has a safe and healthy holiday season this year. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, traditions may be altered or halted for the year, but we still have a feeling there will be banana pudding on McEntire's dining room table. On that note, we might start a new peanut butter banana pudding tradition ourselves.

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