War on Christmas: Red Cup Edition



With many major world events/ issues circulating the media (E.g. The Presidential Elections, the Trans-Pacific Partnership opening up trade, and the US bombing a Doctors Without Borders hospital), many Americans are putting their focus on a cup. A red cup.

Every Christmas season since 1997, the coffee company has come out with Christmas themed cups. The cups generally feature snowflakes, Pine trees, or reindeer.

This year, Starbucks changed the design to minimalist, zen, red cup, which some are calling “Starbucks War On Christmas.”

“Another reason #MerryChristmasStarbucks is everything wrong with American Christianity is its improper, miscalculated expectation of Christian values from a non-Christian entity. Simply put, Starbucks is not a Christ-centered company. That doesn’t make Starbucks bad,” said Nate Lake, a future Starbucks employee and Christian college student.

According to Joshua Feuerstein, a self proclaimed American evangelist, internet, and social media personality, Starbucks wanted to take Christ and Christmas off of their brand and cups, and that Starbucks employees aren’t allowed to say Merry Christmas. However, Starbucks still offers “Christmas Blend” coffee, advent calendars, ornaments, and gift cards.

In the past 6 years, the Company has never put the words “Merry Christmas” on their cups, so why is such a big deal now?