3% of people will spend Christmas without friends or family
The festive period is about togetherness, spending time with friends and family. However, a new survey from independent research company Viewsbank1, has found that nearly two million people in the UK will spend December 25th on their own.
When asked how they would spend Christmas Day, 3% of consumers replied that they would not be spending the day with friends or family and would be on their lonesome. That is the equivalent to 1.9 million people in the UK2.
Two-thirds of people will be spending the day with their partner, while half will spend it with children. Just short of half (45%) will see their parents. Just one in 10 will spend the day with friends rather than family.
David Black of Viewsbank said: "Christmas is a fantastic time for people to get together and spread the festive cheer, but you have to keep in mind that not everyone is lucky enough to have someone to spend the day with.
"On the other hand, some of those 1.9 million people may be very happy to spend the day on their own, away from all the stress and strain that often comes with Christmas dinner with the family."
1 Online survey of 1,982 adults conducted by Viewsbank between 29th November and 2nd December 2013
2 Based on World Bank UK population figures of 63 million: http://data.worldbank.org/country/united-kingdom