Will I need such "props"? Probably not. BS has her Ga to entertain all day (her dream come true!) And the boys are at school practicing for their Christmas program. It was fun to threaten them though.....I suppose there's a bit of elfish humor coursing through my veins!
Christmas is just around the corner so a Mama must use all of her resources. If anyone is interested in adopting this strategy, I happen to know a great place to obtain coal. It is a day's drive or so to get there, so do pack a lunch.
Here's to finding only treasures in your stocking!