'Tis the season: Samantha Armytage ready to go a-carolling
SAMANTHA Armytage is a fixture in the morning routines of many Australian households, but to her niece Lucia she's the "auntie who knows The Wiggles".
The Sunrise co-host returns with her on-screen partners-in-crime David Koch, Natalie Barr and Mark Beretta to host Seven's Carols in the Domain.
The annual seasonal TV event will see a bevy of performers including Adam Brand, Georgie Parker, X Factor winners Cyrus and Samantha Jade, Mark Vincent and The Wiggles sing traditional Christmas carols against the backdrop of Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens.
"I'm looking forward to it," Armytage tells APN.
"It's a fantastic night and every year it gets bigger and better. This year I actually know what I'm doing (laughs).
"All my nieces and nephews are going to be there and my four-year-old niece (Lucia) is obsessed with The Wiggles. She's looking to come up on stage to dance so I'm trying to arrange that. She just knows Auntie Sammy knows The Wiggles."
It has been a whirlwind year for the 38-year-old, who took over Mel Doyle's spot on Seven's popular breakfast show nearly two-and-a-half years ago.
"(The) five countries in five days (trip) was a massive highlight, not just this year but of my entire career," she says.
"What an achievement; I'm very proud of that. There have been so many good experiences ... it's been pretty full-on at times but the show never stops moving.
"Every year I think you grow a little bit as a person and a presenter."
Armytage is looking forward to some time off for a "very Aussie" Christmas with her family near Wagga Wagga.
"We have a very bush Christmas," she says.
"There are lots of flies, it's very hot and we have a hot lunch even though it's 40 degrees. But there's a pool and everybody has a sleep in the arvo. We have a game of cricket in the garden and all of the kids will be there this year. It's going to be very chilled, very easy and very hot."
The news reporter turned national TV personality says she has no plans to make any New Year's resolutions.
"I don't make a hell of a lot of plans because I end up doing something else anyway," she says. "Every year I do say I will try to get more balance in my life and it never really happens. I'm sure next year will be no different but I do think it's important to try to get balance, to have purpose, to be present and to enjoy my."
Carols in the Domain airs tonight at 8.30pm on Channel 7