Two thirds of Irish families will be missing someone at Christmas.

It'll be lonely this Christmas

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With so many Irish people having emigrated over the past few years it has emerged from recent research by Aviva that two-out-of-three families will be missing someone this Christmas Day and almost half of those absent have emigrated.

The hangover from the crash still lingers as 44% of people in Ireland will be missing someone from their home this festive season due to emigration.

New research by Aviva home insurance has found that 81% of those asked said spending time with family is the most important thing for them about Christmas.

Over a quarter of those (27%) who currently spend Christmas with their in-laws would ideally like to spend it with their own family.

One-in-10 respondents revealed they will be missing a close family member at home this Christmas because they have to work.

The survey carried out by REDC for Aviva found that 43% of those interviewed said having some time in their own home is the most important thing to them during the festive season.