In a small Southern town there was a “Nativity Scene” at the church that showed great skill and talent had gone into creating it. Lots of townsfolk had been pressed into service. The volunteer fire department supplied the wise men and the shepherds. There was no time for a rehearsal so the preacher had told everyone to get their lines from the bible.
Well, Christmas Eve came. The play went great until the the wise men entered. There was a hush as these three came in, wearing their coats and fire hats, dragging a length of hose.
The preacher slapped his forehead and muttered. But there was nothing to do but proceed.
After the play, he rounded on these fellows. “How stupid can you be? " he asked.
After he stormed out, one of the firemen looked at the other and shrugged. “Dangit.” he said, “We done jus like he said. We read it in the bible. There it were: And three wise men come from a far.