“To everyone celebrating Christmas according to the Julian calendar - Albertans who follow the Apostolic, Orthodox and Eastern Christian faiths - may this be a blessed day you are sharing with family and others who have a special place in your heart.

“We have been living through difficult times. I know that many households have made sacrifices, had their limits tested, and for those newcomers to our province from the Ukraine, seen some of the worst the world has to offer.

“Even so, the glory of Christmas Day stands undiminished. The miracle of Christ's birth remains a profound truth and source of faith.

“This Christmas Day gestures us forward along the road of kindness, compassion, love and loyalty. Today is a celebration of the joy that generosity brings, the strength of love and support from family, and solace in the power of faith.

“My very warmest wishes to everyone today who is celebrating. May your hearts be filled with Christmas spirit.”