Making long-distance relationships work is hard enough as it is, but it’s even more difficult this time of the year when everyone you know is celebrating with their loved ones. Still, with love—and maybe a decent internet connection—on your side, even a thousand miles won’t be able to stand between you and your man. Here, 5 ways to make your LDR work for the holidays.

1. Dress up for your Skype sessions.

(Screencap from New Year's Eve courtesy of Warner Bros.)

After months of talking to your guy, it’s easy to start taking his video calls for granted. Avoid this by treating each chat session like a date. Dress nicely even if you’re only at home, and put on a bit of music. Have a little wine and it’ll be just like old times.

2. Do something that’s just for the two of you.
Make your guy feel like he’s a part of your Christmas celebration by coming up with your own special tradition. Be it writing your Christmas cards to each other at the same time or watching It’s a Wonderful Life together—he’ll appreciate having a part of you all to himself and vice-versa.


3. Write him long and meaningful letters.

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Facebook is fine for quick messages like “I love you” or “Kumain ka na?” but nothing beats handwritten letters with deep and all-encompassing dedications of love. Scented paper, optional.

4. Send him a care package.
Give your man something to hold on to while he’s away: Send over a personalized package that contains things like the candies you used to eat together, your favorite sweater, or a copy of your favorite movie. You can even wrap it up yourself with our easy DIY tutorials. Ask for a care package in return and open them both on Christmas Day.

5. Go out with your friends and family.

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You miss your man, and that’s understandable, but you shouldn’t coop yourself up in your bedroom either. Spend some time with the people who are actually within reach. Have lunch with your high school barkada whom you haven’t seen since last year’s reunion. Give your fun cousins a ring and schedule a group dinner. As someone in a long-distance relationship, you know not to take what you do have for granted.

(Flashbox from Going the Distance courtesy of Warner Bros.)

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