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Some families may struggle to put presents under the tree this Christmas. Credit: Halfpoint

Some families may struggle to put presents under the tree this Christmas. Credit: Halfpoint

Some families may struggle to put presents under the tree this Christmas. Credit: Halfpoint

Deck the halls with boughs of holly,” wrote Thomas Oliphant in 1862. “‘Tis the season to be jolly.” For many families across Northern Ireland, however, Christmas spirit will be in short supply this year, as they struggle to afford the basics, such as food and heating.

New research for the charity Action for Children found more than a quarter of working parents will take on extra work, or forego time off, in order to pay for Christmas.


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