“Merry Christmas, Alberta. From the chorus sounds of churches across the province to the many living room floors covered in wrapping paper, I hope today finds you surrounded by love, warmth and joy.
“Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, and for Christians of many denominations proclaims our yearning for love and goodwill for our family, community and all people.
“At this time of year, we unite in peace and fellowship. Reaching out to those in our community who are in need of assistance or companionship is one of the greatest yuletide traditions. It brings out the best in all of us.
“May the spirit of Christmas inspire us all and bring light to you, your family and Albertans everywhere.