“Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, and includes ancient traditions that proclaim the courage of hope at the darkest time of the year.

“As we saw so clearly this past year in the generous response to the devastating Wood Buffalo wildfire, and in our ongoing resolve in the face of economic challenges, Albertans are champions of hope.

“Hope unites people of all faiths and traditions in the yearning for a more just and compassionate society, for a brighter tomorrow for those facing personal hardship, and for the embrace of those who feel excluded from the warmth of our greater community.

“May the light of Christmas renew the bonds of family and friendship that draw us together, and may the Christmas message of love, peace and hope inspire us all.

“Merry Christmas!”