My extended family is spread all over the country (actually world, my cousin Jessica lives in Scotland with her fam). So our family friends have become more like family, than friends.
When all the kids are back in town, we all get together... just like a family.
We drink festive drinks that taste like Christmas, eat until we are full, laugh, watch youtube videos, ya know... the usual family fun.
They are our stand in aunts, uncles, and cousins.
They are our family.