The Secret of Giving: A Christmas Collection

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The Secret of Giving: A Christmas Collection
Studio album by Reba

September 21, 1999[1]

Recorded = 1999
Genre Country
Length 34:51
Label MCA
Producer David Malloy
Reba McEntire
Reba chronology
If You See Him
The Secret of Giving: A Christmas Collection
So Good Together
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

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 CBS made-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.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "This Is My Prayer for You" (Tony Arata, Gary Scruggs) - 3:40
  2. "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" (Tommie Connor) - 3:44
  3. "One Child, One Day" (Gerry House, Layng Martine Jr.) - 3:31
  4. "Mary, Did You Know?" (Buddy Greene, Mark Lowry) - 3:21
  5. "Up on the Housetop" (Benjamin Hanby) - 2:07
  6. "The Angels Sang" (Helen Darling, Peggy Newman) - 3:45
  7. "Santa Claus Is Coming Back to Town" (Roxie Dean, Lonnie Melvin Tillis) - 3:35
  8. "The Secret of Giving" (Rick Bowles, Sunny Russ) - 3:55
  9. "This Christmas" (Bowles) - 3:52
  10. "'Til the Season Comes 'Round Again" (Randy Goodrum, John Barlow Jarvis) - 3:34


  • Reba McEntire - vocals
  • Eddie Bayers - drums
  • Paul Leim - drums
  • Richard "Spady" Brannan - bass
  • Glenn Worf - bass
  • B. James Lowry - acoustic guitar
  • Biff Watson - acoustic guitar
  • Jeff King - electric guitar
  • Brent Mason - electric guitar
  • Jerry McPherson - electric guitar
  • Jimmy Nichols - keyboards, backing vocals
  • Larry Franklin - fiddle
  • Terry Crisp - steel
  • Paul Franklin - steel
  • Eric Darken - percussion
  • Will Smith - autoharp
  • Liana Manis - backing vocals
  • Joe Chemay - backing vocals

Chart performance[edit]


Chart (1999) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 10
U.S. Billboard 200 85
U.S. Billboard Top Holiday Albums 8


Year Single US Country
1999 "I'll Be Home for Christmas" 68
"Away in a Manger" 73
2000 "Secret of Giving" 58
"I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" 50

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[2] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone