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Trump Signs Executive Order Giving Federal Employees Christmas Eve Off

USA Today reports that Christmas is a holiday for the federal government, but presidents have made different decisions on excusing employees on Christmas Eve when it falls mid-week. Former President Barack Obama allowed workers to go home early on Christmas Eve in 2015 and to have the day off the year before.

On the Market / A not-so-cookie-cutter colonial in Fairfield

The white colonial house with black shutters at 110 Old Hickory Road in the Greenfield Hill neighborhood is close to the shops, major roads, and train stations in Fairfield and Westport. The white colonial house with black shutters at 110 Old Hickory Road in the Greenfield Hill neighborhood is close to the shops, major roads, and train stations in Fairfield and Westport.

a Twas the Night before Christmasa is theme of Pence holiday

Christmas at Vice President Mike Pence's official residence literally jumps out of the pages of "Twas the Night Before Christmas." Every room on the main floor of the Naval Observatory represents a verse from the poem by Clement Clarke Moore, officially titled "A Visit from St. Nicholas."

Sandra Bullock is scaling back her kids' Christmas presents

The 54-year-old actress has adopted children Louis, eight, and Laila, six, and has said that whilst she used to "overdo" the number of gifts they'd receive on Christmas Day , this year she plans to just give them "three small gifts" each, because she wants to highlight the importance of being grateful for what they have. Speaking during an appearance on the 'Today' show, Sandra said: "Usually [Christmas is] overdone.

NASAa s 1st flight to moon, Apollo 8, marks 50th anniversary

Fifty years ago on Christmas Eve, a tumultuous year of assassinations, riots and war drew to a close in heroic and hopeful fashion with the three Apollo 8 astronauts reading from the Book of Genesis on live TV as they orbited the moon. To this day, that 1968 mission is considered to be NASA's boldest and perhaps most dangerous undertaking.

Russian guards not in a Christmas mood on Estonian border

They demanded that a cameraman from a pro-Kremlin broadcaster explain in writing why he was filming a meeting of Jouluvana, the Estonian version of Santa Claus, and Russia's alter ego, Father Frost, on the Estonian-Russian border. BNS said Abramson was "filming the entire surroundings, including Russian border officials" on Monday on the bridge linking Estonia's third-largest city of Narva to the Russian town of Ivangorod.

Dying neighbour leaves little girl 14 years worth of Christmas presents

A family were stunned to receive a sack of Christmas presents their late neighbour had left for their daughter for the next 14 years. The presents were brought round to the home of Owen and Caroline Williams in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, by the daughter of their neighbour, Ken Watson, following his death.

29 ideas for buffets and Christmas dining at Southern California casinos

The carving station will be one of numerous areas to check out at the Potrero Canyon Buffet as it serves a Christmas Day Meal. Courtesy of Morongo Casino, Resort and Spa.

Super Saturday expected to be busiest shopping day before Christmas

Shoppers are expected to spend 1.65 billion on Super Saturday this weekend as they hit the high street in preparation for Christmas Day. Some 10.1 million shoppers will visit the beleaguered high street to spend 1.38 billion on gifts and festive food and drink, while 4.8 million will spend 268 million online in the hope that their purchases can be delivered on time, according to predictions by and the Centre for Retail Research.

Cabinet to meet after Downing St dares Corbyn to call Government confidence vote

Theresa May will meet with her Cabinet today to reportedly discuss ramping up no-deal preparations with little more than 100 days to go to Brexit, having effectively dared Jeremy Corbyn to try to bring down her Government. Downing Street accused the Labour leader of a political "stunt" after he tabled a long-threatened but non-binding motion of no confidence in the Prime Minister, demanding she hold a meaningful vote on the Withdrawal Agreement before Christmas.

Christmas back on the menu for Hull's homeless after hotel cancellation row

A charity whose booking for 28 homeless people was cancelled by a Hull hotel has said "who says miracles don't happen" after another city hotel stepped in to help. The Royal Hotel in Hull, has been widely criticised since the Raise The Roof Homeless Project, in Hull, revealed how the city centre establishment had cancelled its booking for 14 twin rooms for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, despite more than 1,000 being paid.

Michigan man, 90, brings Christmas to wife in nursing home

In this Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 photo, Don West, 90, leans in to kiss his wife Jackie goodnight at Golden Days II Adult Foster Care in Charlotte following a Christmas party for residents and staff at the home. less In this Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 photo, Don West, 90, leans in to kiss his wife Jackie goodnight at Golden Days II Adult Foster Care in Charlotte following a Christmas party for residents and staff at the home.

The cats who just can't resist trying to destroy Christmas trees

YOU have spent a fortune on new tinsel and baubles and then spent ages making sure your Christmas tree look perfect for the big day. Whether it's sending baubles flying across the room or even toppling the whole tree over, these pet owners seem to face a running battle keeping their tree safe from their pets' claws but they wouldn't have it any other way.

Roadside Christmas decorator triples effort after diagnosis

Registration will allow you to post comments on and create a Subscriber Portal account for you to manage subscriptions and email preferences. In this Nov. 29 2018 photo, Larry Williams decorates about 10 trees on the north end of Bradley Creek road near the Carters Valley road intersection in Kingsport, Tenn.

Mollie King loves Christmas

The Saturdays singer has said the festive season is her favourite time of year, because she loves getting together with her friends and family for a host of Christmas themed parties. When asked about her party plans this month, she said: "I love everything about Christmas.

Hungary sees 4th day of protests over overtime, other issues

Several thousand protesters marched through Budapest for a fourth day to oppose laws promoted by the Hungarian government that critics say will restrict workers' rights and have undermined democracy. The protesters chanted anti-government slogans and braved sub-zero temperatures Sunday while gathered in front of parliament, where speakers denounced revised overtime rules that lawmakers approved Wednesday.

The Mall to extend shopping hours in run up to Christmas

THE Mall is extending its opening times and Santa workshop hours in preparation for the last full week before Christmas. Following last year's success of the workshop, its opening times will be extended until 7pm on Wednesday to Saturday and 4pm on Sunday and Christmas Eve.

Chicago church saved from auction by last-minute anonymous donation

Church officials in Chicago are praising the "Christmas miracle" - a last minute donation that saved the city's 120-year-old church from the auction block. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago's Belmont Cragin neighborhood was set to go up for auction after a bank foreclosed on the property, which was saddled with $8 million in debt, The Associated Press reported Friday.

Northern train services disrupted with 40th strike over plan to axe guards

Christmas shoppers were hit by travel disruption on Saturday when rail workers staged their 40th strike in the bitter dispute over guards on trains. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union on Arriva Rail North were said to be solidly supporting the walkout.

All I want for Christmas ... is to believe in Santa again - " study

But the first international academic Santa survey claims many adults also wish they still believed in Father Christmas and some had felt betrayed when they discovered the truth. The study also shows the threat of being on Santa's naughty list does not work for many children and many youngsters continue to pretend they believe in Father Christmas even when they know he does not exist.

Make it a time for giving to Scottish charities this Christmas

Making sure everyone has someone to spend Christmas with this year, the Salvation Army's officers and volunteers will be working on Christmas Day to bring some festive cheer to people who are homeless, vulnerable or isolated. 'Tis the season for giving, as well as receiving, so here we find out how readers can support some worthy causes this festive season.

Royal family, including Meghan and Harry, share Christmas card photos

Prince William and Duchess Kate smiled with their children, as Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan held each other during their wedding party. As holiday cards begin to roll in, might we present the crown jewels of your mantels: the British royal family Christmas cards , or at least the photos featured on the cards which were shared to Twitter early Friday morning.

Santa Ripped Off Beard, Screamed Obscenities at Children During Christmas Festival Meltdown

ST. IVES, England - Organizers of a Christmas event have apologized to outraged parents after a fire alarm reportedly prompted Santa Claus to burst out of his grotto, rip off his beard and scream at children to "get the f**k out." The incident occurred at an event in the English town of St. Ives, Cambridgeshire on Sunday, when an alarm at a nearby but unconnected event caused an evacuation of the building, organizers said.

Amber weather warning issued as snow and freezing rain forecast

Blizzards, heavy snow and freezing rain will hit the UK this weekend, bringing treacherous conditions for drivers and shoppers on one of the busiest weekends before Christmas. Amber warnings, alerting people to heavy snow and ice which could cause travel disruption and power cuts, have been issued for parts of Scotland and the north of England and Midlands.