Matthew McConaughey Delivers Christmas Message at Surprise Charity Event Appearance

by Allison Hambrick
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Actor Matthew McConaughey dropped by Channel Nine’s Carols By Candlelight in Australia to deliver a special Christmas message.

“G’day, Australia,” said McConaughey. “I hope you’re enjoying Christmas Eve and Carols By Candlelight. And if you can, please donate to Vision Australia for all the wonderful work they do year0round. I hope you have a merry Christmas. Be sure to check out my new movie Sing 2 in cinemas this Boxing Day. I appreciate it.”

The actor has a long history with Australia. He previously did a gap year down under. In 1988, the actor stripped himself of “crutches,” and found himself working six jobs. He said the experience taught him humility, which helped him in his career. As a result, McConaughey said he will always accept roles that take him back to Australia.

Additionally, he lent his voice to a worthy cause. Vision Australia supports those who have blindness or low vision. According to the website, the charity was formed in 2004. Vision Australia provides this support through several programs. One such program is called “The Way I See.” It provides interaction that encourages school children to express their struggles and share how they overcome them.

Matthew McConaughey Shares Christmas Message

However, this is not the first or the last time McConaughey shared an uplifting holiday message. Earlier this month, the actor shared a video of himself discussing Christmas. In the video, he discusses what he enjoys the most about the season. Spoiler alert, it has nothing to do with getting presents.

“This Christmas, what I’m mostly looking forward to, is that wonderment in my children’s eyes,” explained the Sing actor. “Christmas Eve, the anticipation of tomorrow morning. Not wanting to go to bed, but finally getting to sleep. Waking up before sunrise, coming to our bed [saying] ‘Get up, get up, Santa came!’ We’re like ‘Can you please give us 30 more minutes?’ Of course, we can’t, gotta go down.”

Of course, McConaughey is father to three children: Levi (13), Vida (11), and Livingston (8). He shares them with wife Camila Alves, who he married in 2012.

“’Who ate the cookie? Who drank the milk? Who brought these gifts under the tree? Santa Claus came!'” McConaughey then continued. “That wonderment, that anticipation is even more exciting to me than the pleasure they get from actually opening the gifts. On this Christmas, let’s all enjoy that wonderment by our children. Because one day they may not believe in Santa Claus. Until that day comes, let’s enjoy what they do. Merry Christmas.”

While some may call his message overly sentimental, it struck a chord with many of his fans. Once you become a parent, the meaning of Christmas can change. McConaughey’s words reflect that, and they exhibit the love he has for his children.