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Singles pick friends over family on holidays

Andre Williams, a 50-year-old barber in the South End, says he’s from “the South . . . too many places to call one my real home.’’ He has lived in the Boston area for more than 15 years and decided not to travel south to visit his relatives for the holidays.

“It’s not always a matter of me not being able to go to my real family,’’ he says. “But the longer I’ve lived away from family, the more accustomed I’ve grown to living away from my family. And I’ve replaced them! I have a family kind of group around me - my dudes; my former roommate, who’s like a brother to me; the other guys I cut hair with. If I want to watch a movie or I’m having a celebration, who do I call? Them.’’

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