President Trump this past Tuesday signed an executive order that will give all federal employees Christmas Eve off this year.
The President this year is giving the gift of time off to federal workers.
Trump signed the executive order declaring that “all executive departments and agencies of the federal government shall be closed on Monday, continuing a loosely followed tradition when Christmas falls on a Tuesday.
When the President signed the order, he knew there was a good chance that the government would be shut down.
Christmas is considered a holiday for the federal government, but Presidents in the past have done it differently with Christmas Eve.
Barack Obama allowed employees to go home early on Christmas Eve in 2015 and gave them the day off on December 26 in 2014 when Christmas fell on a Friday.
President George W. Bush gave federal employees Christmas Eve off regularly during his Presidency. When Christmas fell on a Monday last year, employees did not receive additional time off.
The President’s order, like other executive orders before it, exempts any employee that is responsible for National Security, Defense, or other public needs.
Matt Couch is the founder of America First Media Group, and a contributor for the D.C. Chronicle. You can follow Matt on Twitter @RealMattCouch