Over the weekend, we went to Starbucks after Weight Watchers, where I enjoyed my skinny caramel macchiato in my first red cup of the season. While I thought the design of the red cup was a little simple this year, I thought maybe that’s what Starbucks was going for, and I didn’t think anything of it after that.
Then, I kept hearing that some Christians were upset about it, saying it was a “war on Christmas.” Huh?
I was confused. A cup has to reflect your holiday? I’m pretty sure I’ve never heard any religious affiliation in conjunction with Starbucks, and I’d never expect any company to cater to one religion.
I find the entire thing completely ridiculous – especially as someone who is Jewish. As a general rule, it’s rare for me to see any of the Jewish holidays reflected in popular culture. Purim? Nope, no parades and festivals here. Passover? I’m just glad there’s a Kosher for Passover section in the store. Yom Kippur? It’s the holiest day of the Jewish year, and I have to use PTO to be off work. I do occasionally see Hannukah paraphernalia, but that’s really more because the timing is close to Christmas (it’s a very minor holiday for Jews). I am fully aware that the world does not revolve around my religion… so why do some Christians feel it does?
Look, as half of an interfaith family and someone who grew up with Christmas myself, I get the holiday spirit. The holidays are fun and festive, and a time of year to celebrate – but there’s a reason behind it. There’s a reason you’re celebrating the holidays, and I’m pretty sure it’s not a design on a cup.
The reason for the season is your personal faith, your personal connection to your faith. The holidays are about family and the spirit of giving, material or otherwise. They’re about spending time with the people you love, celebrating what you believe.
They are definitely, definitely not about a red cup.