President Trump signs order making Christmas Eve 2018 a federal holiday

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Christmas will come a little early for federal government employees after President Donald Trump signed an executive order making December 24th, 2018 a federal holiday.

All federal employees nationwide will be excused from working on Christmas Eve.

The order says that department heads may ask employees to come in “for reasons of national security, defense, or other public need.”

President Trump gave federal employees the day off for a National Day of Mourning earlier this month to mark the passing of former president George H.W. Bush.

When Christmas Eve has fallen on a Monday in the past, presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush issued similar executive orders.

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