Sorry, but I will not be able to make it home for Christmas. And I know it is impossible for you and the kids to join me. Even if it were possible, I don't think I would have enough time to spend with you to make your trip worth the trouble.
I can only imagine how lonely and gray this Christmas will be like without all of you to share it with. Christmas will not be the same without you and the kids. I will miss you guys. But I hope you don't let my absence come in the way of you having fun because unlike Christmas, I'll be back next week!
I've picked some presents for everyone back home. Hope they like them. Hopefully, I've not left anyone out! And don't let my absence also stop you from inviting over the new neighbors. Mom and dad will be there too. And so too will your sister and [Name].
My love to [Child's name], [Child's name] and [Child's name]. I will miss them terribly. I will miss you too.
"Somewhere in my memory,
Christmas joys all around me,
living in my memory,
all of the music, all of the magic,
all of the family home here with me."
-Somewhere in my memory, Bette Midler, Home Alone 2 OST
Lots of love.