At 4pm today, the Department of Premier and Cabinet released a media statement called “Christmas Day Public Holiday To Remain”.
Wait – what?
“The Christmas Day public holiday will remain in place and will give Victorians more quality time to spend with their families and friends,” Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis says in the official statement.
Was Premier Daniel Andrews considering removing the public holiday from the calendar?
Fairfax reached out to the Minister’s office this afternoon and confirmed the cabinet had been reviewing the Christmas public holiday, although its not exactly clear why.
This year, Christmas Day will fall on a weekend for the first time since 2011.
That means there will be a rare four-day public holiday over the Christmas period, with Boxing Day on a Monday and the Christmas public holiday being cashed in on Tuesday.
So, was the Christmas public holiday ever really at risk? We're not entirely sure. It's a weird Christmas miracle in February, we guess.