Starbucks Brings On the Holiday Season Insanely Early


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?


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fraoch fraoch

Given my local Target (which houses our starbucks) has had xmas stuff out for well over a week now, I say they took too darn long to put out the starbucks holiday stuff!

nonmember avatar Michelle

McDonalds has already debuted their holiday drinks as of last week ...

cocob... cocobeannns

I'm pretty excited as well. Our JC Penny has had their store DECORATED for Christmas for a few weeks. Now, THAT is too soon! Alot of the stores around her have had Christmas items for sale, but that was the first one I'd seen actually decorated for the holiday.

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

All the decorating starts way too early. Michaels had stuff out the last week in august for goodness sake! If you're thinking about Xmas before the schools are even back from summer break then you need professional help. I'm sick of the Xmas season spreading out further and further every year. There are loads of holidays and occasions between now and then including many religious celebrations and about a billion birthdays. Xmas is one day, not two months. If the Christians kept it to one day instead of spreading things in to this huge commercial nonsense I think everyone would be happier and better off.

jaxmadre jaxmadre

We're livin' like penguins up here in New England. No complaints about a pretty little cup here.

ceciliam ceciliam

I think it is fine:)

Sarah Keys

It's November. I think it's perfectly okay.

Then again, I started listening to Christmas music in early October....I don't see what the big deal is. If it bothers you, don't do it. ;)

Awodash Awodash

I don't think the cups have anything to do with a holiday.  snow and iceskating and sledding just say winter to me, not Christmas or any other holiday that happens to take place in the winter.  I would say it is the seasonal cups not holiday ones they have started using.  plus no one would complain if they debuted cups with flowers and butterflies in February, but people complain about snow in October, makes no sense to me!

sodiu... sodium_chloride

It is too damn soon and anyone who thinks otherwise can gladly refer to themselves as grinches. Let's just completely take away from the point of Christmas, spread it over two months and forget everything else that is going on. Yay for consumerism!

No. It's too soon. They could at least respect the fact that Dia de los Muertos hasn't happened yet. Or that Thanksgiving is still a few weeks off. But no, they are catering for the people who just want to spend money starting two weeks ago on stupid Christmas things. So I guess I really have people like you to thank for destroying the end of year festivities. 

Momma... MommaGreenhalge

Like all other retail and foodservice establishments, Starbucks brings out the Chrismas big guns right around Halloween.  I'm just glad they wait till November 1.  I work at two retail chains, and we have both had Christmas products out for a few weeks.  But yesterday was the big holiday debut at Bath and Body Works, and this week is the week LifeWay is supposed to have our store actually decorated. 

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