LISTEN: Daughter talks about how her parents sent cardboard cutout of themselves to be together on Thanksgiving

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Missy and Barry Buchanan of Rockwall, Texas won't be able to make it to their kids' houses this year for Thanksgiving. Their daughter Mindy lives in California, and their son Matthew lives in the Hill Country, several hours away by car.

Misty Whittington talked to KNX 1070 News producer David Singer before Thanksgiving.

The couple found a pretty ingenious way, however, to make sure that they would be able to spend the holidays with their kids and all of their grandchildren. Missy said she "warned my adult kids that a package was coming and that it would be kind of large."

When Mindy and Matthew opened their packages, they were greeted by a huge cardboard cutout of Missy and Barry! Missy told local ABC affliliate WFAA that she "was just trying to think of something fun, I have really creative and fun kids and grandkids. I wanted to make it memorable."

Even though "Ama and Poppi" won't physically be at Thanksgiving, the family remains thankful.

Missy said "I want to show our younger generations that we can apart, but we can still be a part of each other’s lives in our celebrations." Mindy added, "We all wish we could be together but she always finds a way to bring us together and celebrate one another."

(Photo and video courtesy of Mindy Whittington)

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