A new Starbucks just opened this past week in Tulsa Hills. It’s conveniently located near to where I work. A friend and I checked it out on Tuesday.
I like nothing better than a strong cup of hot, black coffee to start my day. 🙂 I also enjoy flavored coffees, especially hazelnut. But for my dad’s sake, I stick to Columbian roast for our home consumption.
Each year I love trying Starbucks holiday drinks. I try them all. There’s usually at least three to choose from. Tuesday’s choice was Gingerbread Tea Latte.
In a red cup.
THE controversial Starbucks red cup for the 2015 holidays.
Starbucks solid red cups with no design went so viral on social media that even Donald Trump addressed the issue at an Illinois rally. “Maybe we should boycott Starbucks,” he declared.
Many called it an act against Christianity, although Starbucks has never had Merry Christmas printed on their cups in the past. They weren’t ridiculed for sporting secular holiday things like snowflakes, stars, and snowmen on their year’s prior cups. So why now all the hoopla?
Especially when we have things much more taxing to worry about going on in our world such as terrorism, poverty, abuse, and presidential elections to name just a few.
Starbucks quickly rebuttaled by releasing a statement noting that with the new design, “Starbucks is inviting customers to create their own stories with a red cup that mimics a blank canvas.”
I don’t know about you, but there are some things I enjoy in this world that may not be outwardly promoting Jesus. Like coffee. I probably will continue to drink it from places that don’t advertise their faith: QT, McDonald’s, Starbucks, Panera…
Let’s all unite and pick up our Sharpie markers (and not be smart alecks and tell the barista our names are Mary Christmas so they’ll write it on the cup), but instead let’s use those blank canvases and create our own Christmas scenes on our own cups. Scenes and words of what Christmas is really all about. And let’s show everyone inside what it’s really about by our love and our actions on the outside. Let’s raise our cups in holiday cheer and say “Merry Christmas.” Let’s put the Christ back in Christmas!
10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
Love and laughter,