Take These 3 Days Off to Make Your Christmas and New Year’s Break 10 Days

When is Christmas 2023

It’s like we blinked at New Year’s midnight and have opened our eyes to discover we’re just months away from the next one — time’s flown that fast. But sure enough, here we are, many of us starting to plan our Christmas and New Year’s 2023 break.

For that, you’re probably wondering when is Christmas 2023? And, also: if your company isn’t closed over the holiday period, what days should you be requesting off?

Note, that if that does apply to you, you’re going to want to get in quick. If your work is continuing to operate over the holiday period, it’ll likely need some staff on, and most probably will decide who gets to take time off based on a first-come, first-serve basis.

This year, Christmas falls on Monday, December 25, while Boxing Day is Tuesday, December 26. This means you’ll get those actual days as the public holidays, as opposed to the holidays falling over the weekend, in which case you would get the following weekdays off.

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New Year’s Day this year will fall on Monday, January 1. By taking the three days off between Christmas and New Year’s — December 27, 28 and 29 — you’ll get 10 days off in total. The break will go from Saturday, December 23 to Monday, January 1.

If you want an even longer break, you could also take the four days remaining days of that first week of the year. In other words, taking seven days of annual leave over the holiday period will give you 16 days of holiday — more than double what you’ve booked off.

If all that time off puts you in the mood for even more, you’re in luck, because the January 26 public holiday will be right around the corner. In 2024, January 26 falls on a Friday, which gives you a three-day holiday. But if you’re keen for a nine-day break — from Saturday, January 20 to Sunday, January 28 — take off the four days before.

The dates to take off are Monday, January 22, Tuesday, January 23, Wednesday, January 24 and Thursday, January 25.

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