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One year a Sunday School was putting on a Christmas pageant.


One little boy really wanted the part of Joseph.


However, when the parts were handed out, the part of Joseph was given to a boy he detested.


Instead, he was assigned to play the inn-keeper instead.


The little boy was pretty upset about this but he didn’t say anything to the director.


During the rehearsals he thought what he might do the night of performance - to get even with his rival – the boy who was playing the part of Joseph.


Finally, the night of the performance came.


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!"


Thinking quickly on his feet, Joseph looked inside the door past the inn-keeper then said,


"No wife of mine is going to stay in dump like this. Come on, Mary, we’ll take the barn."


And with that the play was back on track!