“On behalf of your fellow Albertans, I would like to extend my warmest greetings to our Orthodox Christian neighbours, friends and families celebrating Christmas today, according to the Julian calendar.

“In the Orthodox tradition, the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ is more than a joyous event – it is a profound mystery with cosmic implications.

“For Orthodox Christians, this day is also an opportunity to spend time with family and friends, enjoy favourite dishes passed from generation to generation, celebrate unity and peace, and be thankful for the freedom to do so.

“May the light of Christmas draw your family and friends together with its message of love, compassion and unity as its enduring inspiration.”

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