Here I am still in the heart of Tennessee. I noticed a creche scene (manger scene with baby Jesus) on the side of the road. I took a double-take when I saw the Three Wise Men with shiny fire helmets on their heads. I thought it was strange.

So I stopped at the little restaurant and while eating I asked the waitress why the Wise Men were wearing helmets. She chuckled and smirked and said, “That’s the problem with you Yankees. You don’t know your Bibles.”

After laughing at me for a moment she said, “If you read your Bibles you would know that the Wise Men had just come from a fire.” I said, “What?” She said, “A fire, a fire! They had just come from a FIRE!”

I couldn’t understand her until I read the passage “they had just come from a far.” Ah, it was the Tennessee dialect. This Yankee learned something new today!  🙂