Get ready for extra time off from work!
I know that’s not the point, but it’s a nice side benefit.
By Executive Order, President Trump has just declared December 24th as an official federal holiday.
Take a look:
— New York Post (@nypost) December 11, 2020
Trump makes Christmas Eve a federal holiday with full day off for government workers https://t.co/baKZvXb247
— The Sun (@TheSun) December 12, 2020
Yes, he can only order time off work for Federal Workers, but here’s the catch….
Most employers give their employees days off for whatever the official federal holidays are.
So by adding this one, most of us likely just picked up another day off, and not just a half day either.
Good, it always should have been like that!
Here are more details from the NY Post:
President Trump on Friday signed an order giving federal workers a paid day off work on Christmas Eve.
The news was a welcome surprise for workers who expected at most a half day.
Trump’s order says, “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.”
Former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton only gave half days when Christmas fell on a Friday, as it does this year.
Obama allowed a half day in 2015 and 2009, GovExec reported. Clinton also allowed a half day in 1998.
Trump has been a big advocate of celebrating the holiday proudly and maintained before taking office that politically correct Democrats were waging a “war on Christmas.”
At a Saturday rally in Georgia stumping for two Republican senators in runoff races, Trump warned that his political opponents still want to erase the holiday.
“Let me begin by wishing you all a very Merry Christmas. Remember the word?” Trump told the crowd. “Remember? We started five years ago, and I said, ‘You’re gonna be saying ‘Christmas’ again.’ We say it proudly again. Although they’ll be trying to take that word again out of the vocabulary.”
President Trump signs executive order making Christmas eve a federal holiday this year | Just The News https://t.co/ENCOcRpa9n
— John Solomon (@jsolomonReports) December 12, 2020
My man. https://t.co/JK30VJPMay
— Michael Knowles (@michaeljknowles) December 11, 2020
Read the Executive Order yourself.
Trump giving federal workers Christmas Eve off. pic.twitter.com/JjkcOUd8vz
— Dan Linden (@DanLinden) December 11, 2020
And here’s a zoom in:
From John Solomon:
Christmas Eve will be a federal holiday this year, thanks to a new executive order signed on Friday by President Trump.
The executive order states that “all executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government shall be closed and their employees excused from duty on Thursday, 24 December 2020, the day before Christmas Day.”
President Trump has previously done this twice before, in 2018 and 2019.
The order does provide for exceptions:
“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 was signed before President Trump got the news Friday evening that the U.S. Supreme Court refused to take up the Texas case challenging the election results in four swing states.