January 7, 2019 (Edmonton) – On behalf of the Alberta Party Caucus, MLA Greg Clark is wishing all those celebrating Eastern Orthodox Christmas a very Merry Christmas.
“Tradition and culture are two very important things for me as we enter this holiday and they have been since parts of my family came from Ukraine many years ago. This is the time for us to highlight our cultural backgrounds and to keep the memories alive. Last night many families attended feasts, or hosted them and waited as per tradition until the first star is visible in the night sky to begin the festivities.”
“According to tradition, no meats should be present or by products of the animals that were around during the birth of Jesus Christ, and therefore this meal is different from our regular dietary customs. For some, Mass is the most important event, and for others it is the family or community feasts.”
“On this Orthodox Christmas, I challenge you to seek out an old family or community tradition and bring it back into regular use, if only for one holiday.”
“So, on behalf of the Alberta Party Caucus I would like to wish every Albertan celebrating Orthodox Christmas a very Merry Christmas. This year may we get a healthier economy, a pipeline (or 3) and many of the jobs that once made us the envy of North America for the best place to live and raise a family.”
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Executive Director, Alberta Party Caucus