Christmas 2015 in the U.S. might go down as the silliest most superficial ever, thanks to the Starbucks “War on Christmas” Red Holiday Cup Controversy. The Christian Science Monitor reported Nov. 11, that Starbucks put out plain red holiday cups, devoid of Christmas ornamentation (reindeer, snowflakes, etc). Some Christians said it was a full frontal attack on Christmas (even though real Christian Christmas symbols are a Baby Jesus, nativity, angels). Donald Trump called for a boycott of Starbucks (good Christian that he is!) Now Dunkin’ Donuts tops Starbucks offering Christmas holiday cups with holly on them. Really good Christians, rejoice! (bad Scroogy Starbucks, don’t you know that putting coffee in plain red cups means you hate God? Looks like somebody will be getting coal this year!)
It’s ironic that Christians would be the ones to react to Starbucks holiday cups. Starbucks never featured Christian Christmas symbols. They opted for the politically correct holiday-neutral snowflakes. Even the secular, yet somewhat Christmas-ier reindeer was ousted. Dunkin’ Donuts says its Christmas holiday cups have nothing to do with Starbucks. But its a competitive market, and ya gotta wonder. You would think that Christians would rejoice that Starbucks was doing away with the commercial Christmas representations. They’re the ones pushing that “Jesus is the Reason for the Season.” Looks like some myopic little boys and girls need to hear the Christmas story again. In the Catholic Church, red is used at Christmas because it is the color of martyrs (of which Jesus was the main one). Christians should give thanks for a return to more truly Biblical holiday cups. They need a history lesson too: Dunkin’ Donuts holly holiday cups are more pagan Saturnalia than Christmas.
Genuine believers must be pretty embarrassed by the brew-haha over the design on disposable paper coffee cups. (Because that’s what Christmas is all about, you know?) It’s not like Starbucks used a pentagram or Baphomet clipart! So Dunkin’ Donuts says “Joy”–that’s more marketing ploy than any expression of faith. At least Hills Department Store had the gumption to tell the Bible Christmas story in its controversial Christmas ads. Maybe, to celebrate the real spirit of Christmas, everyone should stop buying $4 cups of coffee–from Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts–and give the money to the poor. If you really believe in God, you care for His earth and children. You don’t pollute the environment and self-indulgently waste resources. At least, offended Christians should buy a refillable coffee cup. Then they can put whatever design on it that they want. If one asks what Jesus would do, the answer, from the Bible, is to love thy neighbor, not fight with him over holiday cups designs.