― Is it Happy or Merry Christmas Eve? Or is it just December 24th? I'm confused. I know with our family, the kids get to open a gift today and they will badger us all day so I made the executive decision to let them open theirs early and I made sure they were the ones that would at least whet their appetites. ∙ When they go to sleep, I will perpetuate the annual myth of Santa Claus. I know it's special and fun and all that, but after doing it for 17 years it kind of loses its luster. [...].