There is apparently a coffee controversy going on. It’s because the Starbucks’ holiday cup now looks like this…
It’s so offensive, right?! The so-called problem? No ornaments, reindeer, snowflakes, Christmas trees or other holiday symbols.
A group of Christian evangelists is accusing Starbucks of waging a war on Christmas by removing the holiday images.
“I think Christians are at a point that they are fed up with the PC police who are demanding that Christ, and Christmas, be removed from the public eye for concern that it might offend people,” said Joshua Feuerstein, who has posted on Facebook and spoken to the media about the issue.
Wow. Someone really liked reindeers on his coffee cup.
He also contends that Starbucks hates Jesus.
You know what Starbucks really hates? People who make coffee at home.
In response to the controversy, Starbucks has maintained they are a company that is committed to creating “a culture of belonging, inclusion and diversity.” They also say the red cup mimics a blank canvas so coffee drinkers can create their own Christmas stories on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.
I will totally do that once I can get the permanent marker off my wall where my 2 1/2 year old created his own “story.”
Nobody is waging a war on Christmas. Or at least winning that war.
I was raised Christian and when I started dating my future Jewish husband – I started to realize that Christmas is everywhere. From now until New Year’s, you can’t take three steps without tripping over Santa Claus. Christmas songs will ring in your ears. Joyous greetings of “Merry Christmas” abound.
If you can rest easy about one thing – Christmas is thriving!
I love the magic of Christmas. I really do. But perhaps it’s okay to wish someone a happy holidays because you know, they might not celebrate Christmas. And it’s not an assault on the Christian holiday – it’s just a nice cheery way of saying, “Hey, whatever you celebrate, hope it kicks ass!”
Because it’s a beautiful thing to be inclusive. And to honor the fact that not everyone shares the same beliefs. And to celebrate that no matter what each of us believes, we are in this amazing, crazy world together.
And I think that is the spirit of the holidays. Not some coffee cup.