Don’t let distance or the high cost of holiday travel keep you from seeing your loved ones this season. Bring them a little closer with the magic of Skype.

With Skype, you can communicate by voice using a microphone, video by using a webcam, and instant messaging over the Internet. You can also reach friends and family members on Skype using traditional telephone networks. Skype’s available on your computer, mobile, tablet, TV and even from your home phone. Check out all the devices Skype can be used on here.

Have an aunt in Texas, a new niece in LA and an uncle in Paris? Miles apart aren’t an issue with Skype. With Skype Premium, you can add up to 10 people on one call. Calls to other users within the Skype service are free of charge, while calls to landline telephones and mobile phones are charged via Skype credit.

Now, you don’t have to say Merry Christmas in a text or Happy Holidays in an email. Skype lets you do things together even when you’re apart, so you can see grandma’s huge smile when she opens the new earrings you sent her.

And don’t be afraid to get creative with your camera. Show off your holiday décor with a house tour or save a seat at the table for your computer and let family members share in the fun of a holiday meal. Be sure to remove any clutter from the background and choose a good location for your calls. Hey, you spent the time stringing the lights and hanging all the ornaments, why not use that as a backdrop for your video chat?

There are some cool accessories available to improve the quality of your communication on Skype. Many of these make great gift ideas as well so don’t wait to order. Give the gift of closeness this holiday season.