What year was Christmas declared a federal holiday in the U.S.?

  • 1916
  • 1790
  • 1932
  • 1870 correct

    The federal government didn't always recognize the most wonderful time of the year. Although the Christmas tradition reached the U.S. along with the first settlers, it wasn't until 1870 that Congress and President Ulysses S. Grant formally declared it a federal holiday. The reason? There were a number of different laws regarding Christmas throughout the states, and federal lawmakers wanted one consistent statute. Source: The Week, Congressional Research Service.

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