Christmas, Cups & Starbucks

Starbucks_Holiday_Cups-lowresSome people think that Starbucks has declared a “war on Christmas” with their recent Christmas cups design. Some Christians think they are attempting to take Christ out of Christmas. Even some non-believers think that they are diminishing the Christmas spirit with this plain design.

Jeffrey Fields, Starbucks vice president of Design & Content, says, “In the past, we have told stories with our holiday cups designs. This year we wanted to usher in the holidays with a purity of design that welcomes all of our stories.” On one hand, yes, that statement shows that Starbucks is taking a more universal, politically correct approach to the holidays by not focusing on one group of people, but including everyone. This is what society does. They take Christianity out of the public eye. Does it bother me in general that the world is trying to make Christianity less visible? Yes. But am I offended? Over a cup? No. It’s not the world’s job to show the world Christianity. It’s my job. And there are much more important things for me to focus my attention on. Was there an uproar such as this when prayer was taken out of schools?

Besides, the cup is still red, which represents Christmas. If you know anything about trends, you know that the trend these days is minimalism. And this is just that, a very minimal design. If you want a cup that celebrates Jesus, go to Cookout.

So instead of getting all worked up over a coffee cup, let’s share the love of Jesus this holiday season. Get in the streets and do something. Help the homeless, mentor a young person, give to a family in need. Better yet, share the love of Jesus all year. Pray for people, help them and tell them of Jesus’ love.


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