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A petition on the White House’s “We the People” Web site asks President Obama to grant federal workers Christmas Eve off. The petition asserts that the gesture would boost morale in the face of the pay freeze and attacks upon workers during the national elections.

Presidents on occasion, including Obama, have granted time off during the holiday season. Is a petition the way to go, or does it leave the workforce open to more criticism? Should extra time off be granted?

●Please e-mail your answer to federalworker@washpost.com and include your full name, home town and the agency for which you work. We might include your response in Friday’s Washington Post. When answers are particularly sensitive, we will consider a respondent’s request to withhold full identification.

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