Carmen, thank you for saying but in the spirit of tradition and respect to those that do, merry christmas or happy holidays. That was kind of you to say. I do agree with you that the holidays have lost meaning and are too commercialized.
I believe in a God, a creator, and I hope that there is a better place then here in this life on this earth with all the evil that surrounds all of us. But I will admit, some days it is hard to believe when I see and learn about all the evil on this planet and when I encounter it first hand due to my “label”. Having earned a “label” had made me more empathetic towards others and has made me be less selfish. Without my “label”, that may not have happened. So I believe God works in ways we would not expect. You have the right to not believe, and I will think no less of you for your belief. What matters in my opinion, is that you try to live a good life and treat others with how you would want to be treated.