Erf and the rest of the elves finally made it back to the Toy Room and were aghast at finding the shelves bare and a peculiar tree standing there. They were even more surprised at seeing Jemima, as they figured her "Sassy" status pretty much guaranteed she'd be a goner. But there she was, explaining that the tree was a gift to persuade Santa to allow her to pass out her Grinch buttons to children who came to sit on his knee.
Last year the answer was "No" but Jemima insisted that Elzabet look them over and put in a good word to Santa. Then, if she did, and Jemi was allowed to pass out Grinch buttons, perhaps the toys would return. Hmmm... The rest of the elves were still rather speechless seeing the unusual tree, not to mention the lack of toys, but Elzabeth tried to humor Jemima, looking the buttons over carefully. In her mind, however, she was thinking "No WAY is Santa going to be blackmailed into this!"