What is Christmas?
Christmas Day, December 25, has been a federal holiday in the U.S. since 1870. Christians celebrate Christmas as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ, and modern celebrations include exchanging gifts, decorating Christmas trees, singing holiday songs, and Santa Claus delivering presents around the world. Christmas 2021 falls on Saturday, Dec. 25.
Is Christmas Eve a federal holiday?
Christmas Eve is not a federal holiday, but many private companies and federal agencies will observe Friday, Dec. 24, as a holiday because Christmas Day falls on a weekend this year. While the President has the authority to grant leave it is usually announced just before the Christmas holiday; former Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Donald Trump gave a full day off on Christmas Eve, and former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton gave a half-day off when Christmas fell on a…