Skype The Holidays
When my fiance and I were first dating, he ended up taking a job teaching English as a second language in Saudi Arabia. This was a job that did not allow him to come home for the holidays. He had an international calling card that he used, but the service was hit-or-miss. And sending mail to the compound he lived on was quite an ordeal. He did, however, have a pretty reliable internet connection, and Skype quickly became our best friend. It was great to have all the time, but particularly over the holidays when my fiance was missing home.
Skype allows people to make free computer-to-computer calls for free. All you have to do is create an account on Skype and share your username with other Skype users that you want to connect with. They can search your username and find you, and you, in turn, can search other users' names and connect to them. (When creating a Skype account, make sure that you download Skype only from the official website. Downloading Skype from third-party websites can make your account more susceptible to hackers or eavesdroppers).