The world is so grumpy … when it comes ’ to Car­ols every­body is pos­i­tive

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - THE LAST WORD - With Colin Vick­ery

“THIS is the first time I’ll co-host Car­ols in the Do­main. It is very ex­cit­ing. I’ve al­ways wanted to host it.

The Koch fam­ily is a fam­ily of Christ­mas nuts. Each year I get al­lo­cated three tick­ets but my en­tire fam­ily of 14, in­clud­ing the grand­kids, al­ways comes along.

We’ve been go­ing to Car­ols for years and the sheer joy that ev­ery­one has on that night, it is a bit of magic.

The world is so grumpy at the mo­ment – glass half empty rather than half full in their out­look. When it comes to Car­ols every­body is pos­i­tive and up­beat.

All of a sud­den, ev­ery­one stops after a busy year of highs and lows and Car­ols makes you ap­pre­ci­ate what you’ve got.

In the over­all scheme of things most Aus­tralians have a ter­rific life … and I think we need re­mind­ing of it. That is what the Christ­mas spirit is all about – think­ing of oth­ers.

It is go­ing to be a ter­rific night and I’ll have my four grand­chil­dren there at an age when they can re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate it.

It is ter­rific to be co-host­ing Car­ols with the rest of the Sun­rise team. You wouldn’t get up the un­godly hours we do day-in and day-out if you didn’t get on well with the peo­ple who are your col­leagues. Sun­rise is like a fam­ily. I couldn’t think of a bet­ter way to cel­e­brate Christ­mas than to host Car­ols with my best mates on TV.

Maybe be­ing Chair­man of the Port Ade­laide Foot­ball Club has re­minded peo­ple that I do come from a business back­ground and I do have a few clues.

Even though we have a lot of fun on Sun­rise as well as cov­er­ing the se­ri­ous news sto­ries, none of us are one-di­men­sional.

I chair the Or­gan and Tis­sue Au­thor­ity which is re­form­ing the or­gan trans­plant sys­tem in Aus­tralia.

I have the Koch Cen­tre for Youth at Mac­quarie Fields which tries to get streetkids back into ed­u­ca­tion.

Ber­retts has his Tour de Cure and Sam has her com­mit­ment to help­ing re­turned ser­vice­men who are in­jured in the line of duty. That is what Sun­rise does … we can get things achieved.

My Christ­mas tra­di­tion is I buy ev­ery­one in the im­me­di­ate fam­ily match­ing pairs of py­ja­mas ev­ery year. I de­cide the theme and go and buy them and it is not re­vealed un­til Christ­mas morn­ing. The grand­kids, es­pe­cially, just love that as part of their Christ­mas.

Last year I also started build­ing a Santa’s Cave in our liv­ing room.” CAR­OLS IN THE DO­MAIN SATUR­DAY, 8.30PM, SEVEN

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