Tomorrow is Christmas Day: Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed

By Jesse Sokolow on 24 December 2018
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Tomorrow, Tuesday, is Christmas Day in the United States, a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. Monday is Christmas Eve, observed in some countries as a full or partial holiday as well.

Christmas is celebrated religiously by Christians, culturally by others, and it forms an integral part of the holiday season that is largely centered on it.

The celebrations and customs associated with Christmas in various countries have a mix of pagan, Christian, and secular themes and origins.  In addition, the closely related figures of Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Saint Nicholaus, and Christkind are part of most countries’ celebrations and the tradition that they bring children gifts.

Even in countries such as Japan, where the population of Christians is tiny, many have adopted some traditions such as gift-giving, decorations, and Christmas trees.

Here’s what you need to know about what’s open for business and operating in the United States – and what isn’t – on Tuesday.

RETAIL STORES. Almost all will be closed on Christmas Day.  Check store hours before heading out.  Some stores will close early on Monday as well.

GOVERNMENT OFFICES All Federal government offices are closed on Tuesday, as will be almost all city and state offices.

POST OFFICE No regular mail delivery except for Priority Mail Express, formerly known as Express Mail. Regular service resumes on Wednesday.

BANKS Financial institutions will be closed.

SCHOOLS Closed due to winter recess.

FINANCIAL MARKETS The nation’s stock and bond markets will be closed on Tuesday.

TRANSPORTATION Most local transportation systems, such as buses, subways, and commuter rail systems, will operate on Sunday or holiday schedules Tuesday with normal service resuming Wednesday. Some will offer extra rush-hour trains on Monday in the late afternoon and early evening.  Airports are open although most people will travel in advance of the holiday.  Expect traffic on the roads Tuesday as people drive to friends and family.

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