Thanksgiving might be last month's holiday, but Reba McEntire says she tries to remain thankful all year long, particularly in the days leading up to the new year.

“I like to go with my family and friends and celebrate and think about all the great things that we got to do in the year, what we’re thankful for,” McEntire tells CMT about her holiday tradition. “And then bring in the new year."

The 59-year-old songstress, who will undoubtedly include her record deal on the newly formed Nash Icon label on her list of things to be grateful for this year, says there is one holiday tradition she wishes would change.

"My least favorite song of all time is ‘Auld Lang Syne’ because it’s so sad," she adds. "I don’t know why it’s so sad to me, but I wish we had come up with a more happy song besides that for New Year’s Eve.”

McEntire recently nabbed the first-ever Nash Icon Award at the inaugural American Country Countdown Awards.

"I feel very blessed to still be making country music and sharing it with the people in America and around the world who love it as much as I do," McEntire says.

McEntire is hard at work on a new album, to be released sometime in 2015. The record's first single, 'Going Out Like That,' will debut on Jan. 6.

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