In the house I grew up in, we had our Christmas tree set up in the family room right next to the fireplace. It was a picture-perfect little scene. After Santa Claus visited, he always closed the door to the family room, in case one of us kids got up in the night to take a peek (little did Santa know this is the last thing I would have ever done). Then on Christmas morning none of us were allowed into that room until Daddy had opened the door, checked to make sure that Santa had actually stopped by and turned on the tree lights.
And who do you think was the first family member to enter the room? Spenser, our schnauzer! That guy shot through the door as soon as Dad opened it and trotted straight to his stocking. You can see in this photo that he’s laser focused on the stocking with his name on it. What a clever boy.
I used an ancient kit by Flair that I’ve had in my stash for five or six years. My design inspiration came from a sketch in the Creative Scrappers sketch book, volume 2.