Christmas Eve is now a federal holiday

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December 24th is extra special this year.

On Friday, President Trump signed an executive order designating Christmas Eve a federal holiday, reported the New York Post.

“All executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government shall be closed and their employees excused from duty on Thursday, December 24, 2020, the day before Christmas Day,” read the order, according to the outlet.

The order did make exceptions for those workers whose duties require them to work on Christmas Eve.

“The heads of executive departments and agencies may determine that certain offices and installations of their organizations, or parts thereof, must remain open and that certain employees must report for duty on December 24, 2020, for reasons of national security, defense, or other public need,” the order further stated.

The news came as a surprise to federal workers who were only expecting to get a half-day of vacation time.

Trump previously gave federal workers the full day off in 2018 and 2019.

According to GovExec.com, President Barack Obama gave federal employees a half-day off when Christmas Eve fell on a Friday in 2009 and 2015.

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