BEING surrounded by our families at Christmas is something that many of us take for granted.

But for some it is not such a happy time.

Today we feature a story on Esther Rantzen’s latest campaign, to simply make someone feel like they have a friend this festive season.

It doesn’t take much – a smile, a wave and just a simple ‘hello’ can often be enough.

So please take the time over the next few days to help out someone who might be feeling lonely and make their Christmas a happy one.