The Secret of Giving: A Christmas Collection is Reba McEntire's twenty-fifth album, and second Christmas album, the follow-up to her 1987 album Merry Christmas to You. The album features mostly new, original holiday tunes with only a couple of traditional favorites. The children featured on "The Angels Sang" are actually the class of her son Shelby who was in the third grade at the time. The album peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard country chart and is currently certified Gold by the RIAA.It has sold 840,000 copies as of December 2010.
The album was followed by a CBSmade-for-television movie also called The Secret of Giving. The film starred McEntire and aired on Thanksgiving night in 1999. It featured songs from the album as its soundtrack.