Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed an executive order Monday granting that state offices of the executive branch be closed at 1 p.m. Dec. 24.
"Teresa and I hope this gives our state team members extra time to spend with their loved ones, as it is our family and close friends who truly make Christmas a joyful time of year," Parson said in a news release.
"May we take a moment over the holiday to rejoice, give thanks, and reflect on the special relationships we have in our lives. From our family to yours, we wish everyone peace, joy, and a very merry Christmas," Parson added.