His wife, actress Tori Spelling, shared the card on her Instagram on Monday and explained why.
The photo shows her and the couple’s five children.
“It’s that time again,” the caption on the photo began. “And it’s a winter wonderland at my house!”
But Spelling has a simple explanation for her husband not joining her and their children Liam, 14, Stella, 13, Hattie, 9, Finn, 8, and Beau, 4.
“Truth: @imdeanmcdermott is filming his new feature film in Canada,” she wrote in the comments in response to one of her followers.
The couple met on the set of “Mind Over Murder” in 2005, and have been married since 2006.