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How Do You Stay Close To Friends Who Live Far Away?

Because it takes a lot more than a monthly text message.

Being a truly great friend takes a lot of thought, time, and effort — especially when a friend lives far away.

If you're part of a long-distance friendship (or many!), chances are you've worked out a few special ways to stay in touch and keep close.

Maybe you do a monthly recipe, book, or movie swap, as a way to feel connected?

Or maybe you have a standing FaceTime appointment that you never miss, even if you can only chat for two minutes.

Perhaps you always make an effort to check the weather in your friend's city, so you know how their day is feeling?

Or maybe you send care packages throughout the year — not just on their birthday.

Whatever your trick is, we want to know about it, so we can all be better friends in the new year! Share your tip for a chance to be featured in a BuzzFeed Community post.