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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - This week's article, Long-Distance Holiday (8 ways to stay in touch with family across the miles), can be found on page 8 of Little Rock Family.

A cross-country move can be an exciting time for any family, but it can also be a sad time for those who you are leaving behind. LR Family Editor Heather Bennett is here to share tips on keeping the lines of communication open and teaching kids great lessons on the importance of staying in touch.

1. Handmade items (like applesauce ornaments...recipe below)
2. Handwritten letters
3. Pictures
4. Handprint pottery
5. Telephone
6. Blog
7. Skype
8. Social Media

Applesauce ornaments:
3 cups applesauce

3 cups cinnamon

Mix applesauce and cinnamon together. Roll out flat and make cut-outs with cookie ornaments. Poke holes in dough before drying. Transfer on to a baking sheet and let dry 3-4 days. Once dry, string a ribbon through the ornament and send to a loved one.