Common or Unclean

*Do Not Call Anything Impure That God Has Made Clean
*God accomplishes everything

“I saw a vision. There was something like a large sheet coming down from heaven, being lowered by its four corners; and it came close to me. As I looked at it closely I saw four-footed animals, beasts of prey, reptiles, and birds of the air. I also heard a voice saying to me, ‘Get up, Peter; kill and eat.’ But I replied, ‘By no means, Lord; for nothing profane or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’ But a second time the voice answered from heaven, ‘What God has made clean, you must not call profane.'” – Acts 11:5-9.
Some Church denominations and Christians spend a lot of time struggling against the culture’s frenetic, consumerist interpretation of Christmas.
Which is needed. But I wonder whether we go too far, like the Puritans who forbade the celebration of Christmas altogether because of its roots in paganism. I mean, if God can make unclean animals clean for Peter to eat, can’t God find a way to turn a pagan holiday into a Christian one? And mightn’t God even be powerful enough to co-opt the culture’s co-optation of the day of his birth?
In that Spirit, here are some Christmas things that, while they may have nothing to do with the birth of Christ, I believe God approves of anyway:

*.Shopping: Can get out of hand, but searching for a great gift to make someone happy can be a profound experience.

*.Christmas cards: Likewise with the out of hand, but they help people keep in touch and help the lonely feel connected.

God, you can make anything holy. Bless my celebrations when they increase my love, make me generous, or open me to your world. If they do the opposite, make them go the way of last year’s fruitcake. Amen.