A woman passing through a small Southern town saw a nativity scene showing great skill and talent had gone into creating it. One small feature bothered her though.
The three wise men were wearing firemen’s helmets. Totally unable to come up with a reason or explanation, the woman left the Christmas scene.
At a quilt shop on the edge of town, she asked the lady behind the counter about the helmets.
The store clerk exploded into a rage, yelling “You stupid Yankees never do read the Bible!”
The visitor assured her that she did, but simply couldn’t recall anything about firemen in the Bible.
The store clerk grabbed her Bible from behind the counter, ruffled through some pages, and finally jabbed her finger at a passage.
Sticking it in the woman’s face the clerk said, “See, it says right here, ‘The three wise men came from afar.’”