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Carols night is Matt s big show
Carols night is Matt's big show

Matt White knows better than most how hectic Christmas can be trying to juggle one's time between families.

Given his family and in-laws live on opposite sides of the country - White hails from Sydney while his wife, fellow journalist Amanda De Pledge, is originally from Perth - the 42-year-old admitted it can be tough trying to balance things out.

"We split it up a fair bit," White said. "We try and go over (to WA) as much as we can because that's where Amanda's folks are but we won't be going over this Christmas. We'll probably be going over some time in the New Year depending on (our) busy schedules."

The father-of-two said he looked forward to celebrating the festivities in Sydney for the first time in years.

"We've been away a lot over the last few years and we've only been home once for Christmas in the last four to five years," he said.

"I think while you're away, even though it's fun and we've been to great places, you miss that home spirit of Christmas."

Co-hosting Seven's 30th annual Carols in the Domain with Bunbury-raised Sunrise presenter Natalie Barr at Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens, which airs live on Seven/GWN7 at 8.30pm this Saturday, works perfectly with White's Christmas break, even though he's already in vacation mode.

"I'm actually on holiday now but this is the one time where you don't mind working," he laughed.

"I was asked a few months ago (to host) and it literally came out of the blue. Normally, I'm racing off on holidays at this time so it was a real shock but a real privilege and honour too.

"So not only is it great to be here for Christmas but to be smack bang in the centre of it is a bonus, it sort of makes up for all that festive love we've missed at home."

White said co-hosting the carols with Barr was another highlight.

"I love working with Nat, I absolutely adore her," he said. "We've got a great West Australian connection because my wife is from WA.

"All of my in-laws are over there and Nat knows my wife as well, so there's going to be a very strong WA presence on the stage and in the audience."

Having recently stepped down as the East Coast presenter for Today Tonight, White said he has a few "exciting" things in the pipeline.

"I can't announce anything yet but 2013 is going to be a really good, fun year," he said. "It's time for a new challenge and a new direction and we'll see where it takes us."

The West Australian

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