This was definitely a nod to the fact as my first son got older, he was nearly 3 by now, he was not going to bed as early which caused us to have to stay up later to pull off the Santa trick. I just notice the little white bear in front of him. That was his best friend, Bear. He was also beginning to understand the whole Christmas thing. Nothing like drugging your kids to achieve a desired outcome. (we would never really do that)
This was very clearly colored pre-copy with markers. I used to use those Design markers, you can see how they would bleed and blend.