Prime Minister Stephen Harper has released his annual Christmas message, drawing attention to Canada's economic performance despite global financial pressures and promising to "keep promoting the things that unite us as Canadians."

The short video is a Christmas tradition for prime ministers. Here is the complete text of Harper's message:

"Christmas is a time to gather with family and friends, and to look back with gratitude, and to look forward with hope.

"In spite of continued global instability, Canada’s economy has performed well, compared to other countries. And our country is more confident and more united than ever.

"Our government will keep working hard to create jobs and growth, and we will keep promoting the things that unite us as Canadians.

"This holiday season let us remember those who are less fortunate. Let us honour our men and women in uniform. And let us give thanks for our great country, Canada.

"From Laureen, Ben, Rachel and me, to your family: Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and all the best for the holiday season and for the year to come."