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Here is the context:

Christmas is an especially difficult time of (a) year, but my kids and my husband have been really supportive and I'm much better now.

It is from this article. I am aware that the person tell us not about a specific year there, so logically the indefinite article should have been used. I am confused becausd the word year is countable.

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I would use:

Christmas is an especially difficult time of year, but my kids and my husband have been really supportive and I'm much better now.

The main noun here is time, not year. year only describes the specific "time" being spoken of, and as such is a modifier. So an article for time but none for year.

But you could use one if you are specifically referring to the year. For example,

It was that time of the year to go shopping.

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