For most people this is probably the busiest time of year.
Nights spent at parties and catching up with friends, culminating with a Christmas surrounded by family.
But the festive period is not like that for everyone.
Age UK estimates about 450,000 will be spending this Christmas alone.
A combination of the ageing population and the fact families are dispersed across the country – and abroad for that matter – means it is not always easy to get together
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