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A Sunday school was putting on a Christmas pageant which included the story of Mary and Joseph coming to the inn. One boy wanted very much to be Joseph. But when the parts were handed out, a boy he didn’t like was given the part, and he was assigned to be the inn-keeper instead. He was pretty upset but didn’t say anything to the director.


During the rehearsals he thought what he might do the night of the performance to get even with his rival. Finally on the night of the performance, Mary and Joseph came walking across the stage. They knocked on the door of the inn, and the inn-keeper opened the door and asked them gruffly what they wanted. Joseph answered “We’d like to have a room for the night.”


Suddenly the inn-keeper threw the door open wide and said, "Great come on in and I’ll give you the best room in the house!" For a few second the poor Joseph didn’t know what to do. Thinking quickly, he looked inside the door past the inn-keeper then said, "No wife of mine is going to stay in a dump like this. Come on Mary, let’s go to the barn."


And once again the play was back on-track.

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