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There IS Room in the Inn December 15, 2007

Posted by gregquill in Uncategorized.

This is a great CNN story, re-printed completely:


LONDON, England (CNN) — Josephs and Marys in search of a room at the inn this Christmas are being made an offer they can’t refuse.


Mary and Joseph ride a donkey to Bethlehem in a performance of the Nativity story near Guildford, England.

A British hotel chain is promising free accommodation to couples who share their first names with the couple from the Christian Nativity story.

Almost 30 Josephs and Marys had already signed up for the free night’s stay at the Travelodge, said Shakila Ahmed, a spokeswoman for the hotel chain.

“The ‘gift’ of a free night’s stay is to make up for the hotel industry not having any rooms left on Christmas Eve over 2000 years ago when the original ‘Mary and Joseph’ had to settle for the night in a stable,” the company says on its Web site.

The offer is good at any one of the chain’s 322 hotels in the United Kingdom, the Web site says. The couples must bring proof of identity and must prove that they are in a long-term relationship.

“If you satisfy the criteria, you get a free night in a family room for two adults and two children,” Ahmed said. “There’s also parking space for a donkey if needed,” she joked.

Ahmed said the offer, which will run from Christmas Eve to Twelfth Night — December 24 to January 5 — had been very well-received.

“We’ve had a lot of interest. I think people like the fact that it resonates with the Nativity story at a time when the actual meaning of Christmas often becomes forgotten in festive overkill,” she said.

Couples can register their names at a special e-mail address set up by Travelodge, which has hotels across the Britain, Ireland and Spain, Ahmed said.



1. Brenda - December 15, 2007

Hey, that’s almost worth temporarily becoming a “Mary” for. Or a “Joseph” 😉

2. kenju - December 16, 2007

I find that oddly interesting – and the spokeswoman has a name that could be musl*m….LOL

3. Greg Finnegan - December 16, 2007

Funny how close “Ahmed” is to “Amahl”. As in “Amahl and the Night Visitors”, another great Christmas story.

Funny too how Christians, Muslims and Jews all trace back to Abraham. Christmas at HIS tent must have been a riot!

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