Reba McEntire loves enjoying holiday traditions with her family, specifically her son 29-year-old son, Shelby. The country icon opened up to the The Boot about what she loves most about Christmas. She started by talking about their holidays when Shelby was a little boy.
“He would open gifts, and I would say, ‘Shelby, who’s that from?’ and he would say, ‘Uh, I don’t know.’ He was like, 3 years old,” McEntire said with a laugh. “And I’d say, ‘Shelby, that’s from Santa Claus.’ And he’d say, ‘Oh yeah, I forgot! He’s a really good guy.’
“So, watching the excitement of a child opening gifts, that’s the best thing about Christmas. Opening presents and watching them. It’s so much fun,” she added.
Now that he’s grown, she says one of her favorite traditions involves watching an usual movie with Shelby.
“Shelby and I, we used to always watch Christmas Vacation on Christmas Eve night. Now, we watch Elf and Nacho Libre,” McEntire shares. “If you’ve never seen Nacho Libre, you’re probably thinking, ‘What on Earth?! That’s not a Christmas movie,’ but it’s a lot of fun! We laugh a lot.”
“We hang out at home a lot more,” McEntire continued. “And then, of course, after Christmas, we take off and go on vacation.”
PopCulture.com shared what’s next for McEntire after the holidays:
McEntire will have a few months at home in 2020 before hitting the road in March. In April, she will return to Las Vegas for her residency with Brooks & Dunn, Reba, Brooks & Dunn: Together in Vegas, at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. With the 24 new shows announced for 2020, the residency will officially be the longest-running country-music show in Las Vegas. The residency began in 2015 and will see performances next year in April, June, October and December.
McEntire shares Shelby with her ex-husband, Narvel Blackstock, whose other son is married to Kelly Clarkson. Shelby is a professional race car driver.