This time of year is tainted by grief for Channel 9 reporter Dimity Clancey.
Nineteen years ago, just four days before Christmas and just three weeks after their wedding, her sister and brother-in-law were killed by a drunk driver; a man who chose to get behind the wheel despite being four times over the legal limit.
Clancey was just 14 when police knocked on the door to break the tragic news to her parents.
“I heard the words ‘killed’ and ‘Dominique and Andrew’ and then I heard my mum just scream,” Clancey told The Daily Telegraph.
The couple, both doctors, died instantly when Tuipulodu Mahe, an illegal immigrant from Tonga, crossed onto the wrong side of the M4 motorway in Sydney and slammed head-on in to their hatchback.
Dominique, 27, and Andrew, 26, had been on their way home from visiting friends, after earlier celebrating Christmas with the Clancey family at Carols in the Domain.
That day, December 21 in 1997, was the day the journalist says her whole world changed.
“My sister had her dreams stolen and hundreds of people were robbed of her love and care as a doctor,” Clancey said. “Andrew’s too.”