'Tis the Season to Freak Out About Starbucks's Holiday Cups

It's that time of year again! The Christmas Wars have officially begun. Every year there are people complaining about "holiday trees" and that lack of Christ in Christmas, and in 2015, the big battle is over the seasonal red cups from Starbucks.


There seems to be a group of protesters upset that Starbucks's red cups don't include the phrase "Merry Christmas" on them, and they've taken to social media to raise awareness for their cause.

Joshua Feuerstein, a former pastor in Arizona, challenged the coffee conglomerate on Facebook to return to announcing holiday cheer by reinstating the greeting on the cups. He asked others to state their names as Merry Christmas, so that Starbucks would be forced to write it on their hot beverage containers. He even said that the move was indicative that the company hated Jesus!

Starbucks REMOVED CHRISTMAS from their cups because they hate Jesus ... SO I PRANKED THEM ... and they HATE IT!!!! #shareUse #MERRYCHRISTMASSTARBUCKSFollow --> Joshua Feuerstein

Posted by Joshua Feuerstein on Thursday, 5 November 2015

"So guess what, Starbucks, I tricked you into putting Merry Christmas on your cup," he said. "I'm challenging all great Americans and Christians across this great nation ... to start a movement."

There are starving children all over the world, kids with incarcerated parents who won't get a single gift this year, and countless victims of sex slavery in America, but by George, you know what Jesus really cares about? A picture of a Christmas tree on your half-caf, mocha-latte, skim-soy PSL with sprinkles.

Oh, wait. He probably cares more about actual charity, kindness, and goodness.

As one of the commenters pointed out, Starbucks hasn't had the phrase "Merry Christmas" on its cups for years. "I work at Starbucks and there hasn't been anything innately Christmas on the cups in years," barista Aaron Dean responded to the video. "Sure there have been snowflakes, scarves, and snowmen, but they haven't said the word Christmas on them since I've worked here. We even have a Christmas blend coffee."

It's true. They do have a Christmas blend coffee -- it will be available this week. They obviously hate Christmas and the baby Jesus in the manger.

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With so many things to be legitimately upset about in our culture, this one seems pretty lame. And if you really have a problem with Starbucks and its lack of care for Christmas, there's something even better that you can do than flock to your nearest chain and plunk down $5 for a cup of coffee ... donate it to charity. Even Ebenezer Scrooge managed to learn the joy of giving.


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