MIAMI (CBSMiami/NSF) — Florida Governor Rick Scott has designated  Christmas Eve as a paid state holiday.

The governor is once again giving state workers a paid day off before Christmas. He is directing executive agencies to shut down on December 24.

While many will have it off, employees in positions deemed essential will still have to work that day, but will have six months to use an equal amount of administrative leave time.

Governor Scott made similar directives in 2011 and 2012.

According to the State Department of Management Services, the state observes nine holidays annually: New Year’s; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; Memorial Day; Independence Day; Labor Day; Veterans Day; Thanksgiving; the day after Thanksgiving; and Christmas.

The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.