This Christmas bit from William Faulkner, writing to his mother in 1953 from St. Moritz, appeared in my daily email from The Writer’s Almanac:
Dear Moms —
This is right in the middle of the Alps, snow on them and moonlight, very beautiful, much ski-ing and bob-sledding, place full of American movie people, plus King Farouk of Egypt — Gregory Peck, Charles Feldman, my California agent, many others — actors, writers, etc. I don't like it. I am going to England then Paris for Xmas and New Year's, wish I was home which is the only place to spend Xmas. I love you all and miss you all.
Wherever you are this year, enjoy! I'll meet you back here in 2009.