President Donald Trump made a lot of promises to the American people during his 2016 campaign — and in just four years, he has come through on most of them, unlike many past presidents. One such vow was that Trump would fight back against the Democrats’ long-running war on Christmas, and this week, he made inroads in doing just that.
According to the New York Post, Trump signed an executive order Friday that makes Christmas Eve — which falls on a Thursday this year — a federal holiday. Thanks to the president’s move, federal employees will have the whole day off the day before Christmas.
Under previous presidents, that hasn’t always been the case.
What does this mean?
For many Americans — especially those who work under a federal holiday schedule — Christmas Eve has largely been a partial holiday, at best. Most of the time, according to the New York Post, federal workers are given a half-day off when Christmas Day falls on a Friday, as it does this year.
But in today’s hectic, fast-paced world of doing things like shopping for gifts and wrapping them at the last minute, a full day off for Christmas Eve is welcome news that likely has federal employees cheering.
“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,” Trump declared in his order, according to the Post.
According to the Federal News Network, the last time Christmas Eve fell on a Thursday was in 2015. At the time, President Barack Obama gave federal employees a half-day off. Obama did the same in 2009 the day before a Friday Christmas, only giving federal employees half of the day off.
In contrast, Trump — a huge proponent of having time to celebrate Christmas with family — made 2020 the third year in a row that he’s given federal employees an extra day off before Christmas.
Trump’s pro-Christmas attitude
The president has long argued that Democrats are trying to downplay one of Christians’ most important holidays, often bringing up controversies involving the phrase “merry Christmas” being replaced by the politically correct “happy holidays.”
At a recent rally in Georgia for U.S. Senate candidates Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, both Republican senators, Trump reminded the crowd that Democrats would love nothing more than to do away with traditional Christmas celebrations.
“Let me begin by wishing you all a very Merry Christmas. Remember the word?” Trump said, according to the New York Post. “Remember? We started five years ago, and I said, ‘You’re going to be saying Christmas again.’ We say it proudly again. Although they’ll be trying to take that word again out of the vocabulary.”
Unfortunately for federal workers and Christian Americans who proudly celebrate the birth of Christ, if former Vice President Joe Biden takes over the Oval Office in January, it could very well mark the end of a multi-year, pro-Christmas streak in the White House.