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Federal employees will have the day off from work on Monday, Dec. 24, according to an executive order signed by President Barack Obama on Friday.
A petition on WhiteHouse.gov had collected 28,214 signatures from users who believed the Monday before Christmas should be a work holiday.
The petition reads in part:
"Federal employees have had a pay freeze for the past several years and the pay and benefits for the federal workforce have been under serious attack during the national elections held this year.
Giving federal employees an extra holiday on December 24th, 2012 would be a good gesture to improve morale of the federal workforce.
Obama's executive order states that all executive branch departments and agencies will be closed, except where department heads may decide otherwise.