There are many things Albertans can be grateful for

We are truly better when we work and come together as a team

Christmas is upon us! And with it, the hustle and bustle that comes with any major holiday, parents running to the store to grab last minute gifts or dinner ingredients, while children finish up classes before the holiday break.

As the time for celebration draws near, I encourage you to take a moment to yourself and reflect on the many things, great and small that we can be grateful for. From our freedom as Canadians to the hot food on our tables, we are blessed to live in such a prosperous part of the world.

Unfortunately, not all Albertans consider Christmas the happiest time of the year, for many people, the holidays can be a stark reminder of families divided, or lost loved ones. As you gather with your people this holiday season, I embolden you to think of those within our community and out, who could use some extra form of encouragement going into the New Year.

So let us remember the true meaning of Christmas as we celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ and share God’s love with our friends and neighbours. We are truly better when we work and come together as a team.

May this year’s Christmas be the best Christmas ever and warmest wishes to you and your family. Have a great and wonderful Christmas and New Year!

Mark Smith, MLA, Drayton Valley – Devon

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