WASHINGTON (LOOTPRESS) – On Friday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order, making Christmas Eve a federal holiday this year.
The legislation states that “all executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government shall be closed, and their employees excused from duty on Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020, the day before Christmas Day.”
In the past, former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton have offered workers a half-day when Christmas Eve fell on a Friday, so the news of a full day off was a pleasant surprise to workers.
The last time Christmas Eve fell on a Friday was in 2015.
Exceptions to Trump’s executive order are employees who still have to report for duty for reasons of “national security, defense or other public need,” according to the order.
During his administration, Trump has advocated for the celebration of Christmas.
Read the new legislation at whitehouse.gov.