EXCLUSIVE: Reba McEntire wants to 'fall in love' again after divorce, dishes on Christmas with Kelly Clarkson

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Reba McEntire is certainly feeling the love this holiday season.

The 61-year-old country music icon is celebrating Christmas with a new album of her "favorite" classics, including "Winter Wonderland," "O Holy Night," "Jingle Bell Rock," "Silent Night" and more. Reba: My Kind of Christmas is only available at Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores.

"It's the first acoustic album I've ever recorded," Reba tells ET's Nancy O'Dell, revealing that she actually cut the entire album on a whim five years ago!

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"I called my piano player, Kathryn Marks, I said, 'Kathryn, come in the studio and let's lay down some tracks of Christmas songs in case anybody ever asked me to go do a Christmas party or something," she says. The tracks then sat on a shelf until Cracker Barrel came calling about a partnership.

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WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 07: Narvel Blackstock and Reba McEntire walk the red carpet during the 27th Annual Kennedy Center Honors at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on December 7, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 28: (L-R) TV Producer Narvel Blackstock, singers Reba McEntire, Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock attend Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XXI at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa on March 28, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night)
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 15: Narvel Blackstock and Reba McEntire attend the 2014 American Country Countdown Awards at Music City Center on December 15, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for dcp)
FLORENCE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Narvel Blackstock and Reba McEntire attend the White Party Dinner Hosted by Andrea and Veronica Bocelli Celebrating Celebrity Fight Night In Italy Benefitting The Andrea Bocelli Foundation and The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center on September 5, 2014 at the Bocelli Residence in Forte dei Marme, Italy. (Photo by Andrew Goodman/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night)
PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 23: Actress Rita Wilson, Narvel Blackstock and singer Reba McEntire with Moet & Chandon at Celebrity Fight Night XIX at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa on March 23, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Fight Night)
PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 12: Narvel Blackstock (L) and emcee and singer Reba McEntire attend Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XX held at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa on April 12, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night)
PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 24: Narvel Blackstock, Reba McEntire, and Rita Wilson attend Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XVIII held at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa on March 24, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for CFN)
LAS VEGAS - APRIL 05: Singer Reba McEntire (R) and husband Narvel Blackstock arrive at the 44th annual Academy Of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand on April 5, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - MAY 13: (L-R) Producer Narvel Blackstock, ACMA executive producer R.A. Clark, writer Jon Macks, singer/actress Reba McEntire, and ACMA producer/writer Barry Adelman pose onstage during the rehearsals for the 42nd Academy of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 13, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - MAY 13: (L-R) Producer Narvel Blackstock, his wife singer/actress Reba McEntire, and director Louis J. Horvitz pose onstage during the rehearsals for the 42nd Academy of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 13, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 23: Actress Rita Wilson, Narvel Blackstock, and singer Reba McEntire with Moet & Chandon at Celebrity Fight Night XIX at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa on March 23, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images)
39996 21: Singer and actress Reba McEntire, husband Narvel Blackstock, and son Shelby attend the premiere of the film 'A Walk To Remember' January 23, 2002 at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywodd, CA. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
PHOENIX - MARCH 28: Narvel Blackstock (L) and singer Reba McEntire pose during Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XV held at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa on March 28, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night)
Reba McEntire and Narvel Blackstock arrive for the formal Artist's Dinner honoring the recipients of the 2014 Kennedy Center Honors hosted by United States Secretary of State John F. Kerry at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC, USA, on Saturday, December 6, 2014. The 2014 honorees are: singer Al Green, actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks, ballerina Patricia McBride, singer-songwriter Sting, and comedienne Lily Tomlin. Photo by Ron Sachs/Pool/ABACAPRESS.COM
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 07: Musician Reba McEntire (L) and manager Narvel Blackstock attend the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 7, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/ACMA2013/Getty Images for ACM)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 04: Narvel Blackstock (L) and singer Reba McEntire pose in the audience during ACM Presents: Girls' Night Out: Superstar Women of Country concert held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 4, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/ACMA2011/Getty Images for ACM)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 09: Narvel Blackstock and Reba McEntire attend the 2010 CMT Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 9, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Narvel Blackstock (L) and Reba McEntire pose in the audience at the 2009 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 22, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/AMA2009/Getty Images for DCP)
Reba McEntire and Narvel Blackstock (Photo by Scott Suchman/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 2: Singer/actress Reba McEntire and her husband Narvel Blackstock arrive at the Ladies' Home Journal 'Funny Ladies We Love' Awards on February 2, 2005 at Pearl in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 13: Reba McEntire (R) and her husband Narvel Blackstock attend the WB Television Network Upfront All-Star Party at The Lighthouse May 13, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Peyton/Getty Images)
Narvel Blackstock and wife Reba McEntire (Photo by Eric Neitzel/WireImage for Fusion PR _LA)
NEW YORK - MAY 13: Reba McEntire (R) and her husband Narvel Blackstock attend the WB Television Network Upfront All-Star Party at The Lighthouse May 13, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Peyton/Getty Images)
Reba McEntire and Narvel Blackstock (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
Reba McEntire and Narvel Blackstock (husband) (Photo by Tyler Michaels/FilmMagic)
Reba McEntire and her husband Narvel Blackstock, with Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks at the Kennedy Center Honors. (Photo by Pete Mitchell/WireImage)
Reba McEntire and Narvel Blackstock (Photo by Pete Mitchell/WireImage)
Reba McEntire and husband Narvel Blackstock (Photo by KMazur/WireImage for The WB Network)
Reba McEntire and husband/manager Narvel Blackstock in her dressing room just after the ending of the 37th Academy of Country Music Awards Show. (Photo by Trench Shore/WireImage)
Reba McEntire and husband Narvel Blackstock (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
Reba McEntire, husband Narvel & son Shelby (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
Reba McEntire, Narvel Blackstock, and son Shelby Blackstock (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Reba McEntire, Narvel Blackstock, and son Shelby Blackstock (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Reba McEntire and Narvel Blackstock (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Reba McEntire and Narvel Blackstock (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Reba McEntire and Narvel Blackstock (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
225426 22: Country singer Reba McEntire stands next to husband Narvel Blackstock at the first Annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards June 3, 1995 in Los Angeles, CA. The ceremony is held annually to honor the lead and supporting actors and actresses in top performing movies, as well as music artists based on the top-selling albums. (Photo by Barry King/Liaison)
Reba McEntire and Narvel Blackstock at Rainbow Room, New York, June 30, 1993. (Photo by Steve Eichner/Getty Images)
Reba McEntire and Narvel Blackstock (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
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As for her own holiday plans, Reba -- who recently extended her Las Vegas residency with Brooks & Dunn into 2017 -- is looking forward to spending time with her family. Though she and ex-husband Narvel Blackstock finalized their divorce last year, Reba remains close with his son, Brandon, and daughter-in-law, Kelly Clarkson.

"I saw them at Thanksgiving and now I am getting to see them at Christmas," she says. "They are busy. She is really busy traveling a lot and she takes the kids with them all the time."

Together, Kelly and Brandon are parents to 2-year-old River Rose and 7-month-old Remington Alexander, as well as Brandon's two older children from his previous marriage.

"She is loving all the time, but she is a good mom and she laughs and makes them mind and says, 'Oh no, girlfriend, you are not getting away with that! 'Oh no, don't look at me like that,'" Reba gushes over her daughter-in-law, with whom she recently performed for Pentatonix'sChristmas Special on NBC.

"[She is] very saucy," Reba adds. "She is hysterical with [her kids] and they are cute as a button."

Things haven't always been easy for Reba since her marriage crumbled in 2015. Now, the ever-optimistic superstar tells ET how she made it through those difficult times.

"God and my girlfriends," she says. "My family, work, staying busy, but being able to talk to God every day and say, 'You gotta help me through this. I'm gonna give it all to you,' and he did. He helped me through it."

Today, Reba says she's "always" looking for love.

"I'm just kind of winging it and taking it one day at a time and loving life, enjoying being with my friends and family as much as I can," she says. "I think it's always nice to have somebody to go to dinner with and fall in love with. I don't see anything wrong with that at all."

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