starbucks cupsYou know what today is, right? It's the day after Halloween. It's also November 1. AND it's officially the first day of the holiday season. You know why? Because I said so. OK, I kid. It's because Starbucks said so! It's time to trade in your wacky costumes for coffee: Today the chain debuted its holiday cups at stores across the country.

Sure, some may say it's too soon. I say it's about freakin' time! Thanksgiving is only 24 days away. Christmas is 53 days away. If you're going to tell me that I shouldn't relish in the holiday spirit for at LEAST a solid 53 days a year, I'm going to call you a grinch.

This year's cups feature ice skaters, snowflakes, and happy sayings like, "When we're together, I know I'll never fall" and "Let's rediscover why we're best friends." I feel all warm and fuzzy just staring at the red gem on my desk right now.

Call me silly, but the seasonal cups genuinely make me smile. They have this magical way of making me reminisce about some of the wonderful experiences I've had with Starbucks coffee. Like all those nights spent snuggled up in the Starbucks on my college campus, highly anticipating winter break. Or trudging through the brisk streets of New York City with my white mittens on, headed for the Rockefeller Center tree lighting.

Most importantly, seeing the cups make a valiant return is a fun reminder, even if a tad on the early side, that the holidays are a comin'. You know what that means, right? Family, presents, and ugly Christmas sweaters. Bring. It. On!

Besides, the holiday cups at Starbucks are more than just a seasonal reminder. They also bring with them the coffee company's great array of holiday drinks! Whether you're a peppermint mocha fan or more excited about the caramel brulee, gingerbread, or eggnog latte, those trendy, expensive concoctions will be back soon, and as delicious (and caloric) as ever.

Do you think it's too soon for the holiday cups at Starbucks? Or are you just as excited as I am?

 

Image via Emily Abbate