A new survey by The Salvation Army has revealed that 10 per cent of people in Scotland felt lonely last Christmas.
The worrying figure was revealed in a poll which the charity commissioned with YouGov.
More than three quarters (77 per cent) think the season has become too materialistic, and with an average national spend of £418 in total last year, Christmas is an expensive celebration.
Forty-three per cent of people believe that Christmas is still a Christian festival, and the findings suggest that many Scots still believe in ‘Christian charity’ with 14 per cent planning to help vulnerable people in need or volunteer with charities over the festive period.
Major Catherine Wyles, Salvation Army spokeswoman, said: “Loneliness can affect anyone of any age or background. Like many people in Britain, people living in Scotland can feel disconnected to their local communities and out of touch with their families over the Christmas period.
“Every year many of our churches open their doors on Christmas Day for a sociable lunch or go out into the community – and see people from every background and age.”
Catherine added: “The Salvation Army is here to help anyone who needs us, regardless of background. If you are feeling lonely, or worried about feeling lonely, please get in touch with your local church.
“We fund that work from the charitable donations of generous people across the country. If you’d like to donate to our Christmas Appeal, visit www.salvationarmy.org.uk/uki/Christmas-Appeal-2013 or call 0800 840 1234.”