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Merry (almost) Christmas

Christmas has been widely celebrated in Arkansas since before it became a state. For generations, children have anticipated Christmas with its gifts as the most wonderful event of the year. Indeed, the state was only two years old in 1838 when the General Assembly adopted legislation declaring Christmas and July Fourth as official holidays. The federal government did not recognize Christmas as a national holiday until 1885.

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