Creative Christmas card allows military family to appear together for the holidays

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TAMPA, Fla. (KAKE) -

A military wife surprised her husband with a unique Christmas card that allowed him to be part of a holiday tradition despite serving overseas.

"Every time you go to bed, you're constantly reminded that they're not here. Every time you have a tradition you normally do and they're not there," Danielle Cobo said to  in Tampa Bay, Florida..

ABC affiliate WFTS reports Danielle Cobo will spend Christmas with her twin boys but away from their father, who is a Black Hawk helicopter pilot in the military. He deployed in earlier this year.

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"Even though we're miles apart, we're still close together. We're still a family unit and our hearts are in the right place," Cobo said.

But she had a great idea. She asked him to take a photo for her where he standings with his hand out.

"He really had no idea what I was doing," Danielle said.

When she got the photo, she edited it together with a photo of her and their children, connecting their family.

"I wanted to find a way for us to capture a photo of us together even though we can't technically be together.'

She said she hopes her story reminds people of the sacrifices troops and military families make, especially during the holidays.

WTVD/ABC Inc. contributed to this report.