Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Red and Green Isn't Enough for Them

I am NOT following the made-up argument that seems to be going on right now about Starbucks and its holiday cup, but can anyone help me out by explaining why the "war on Christmas" partisans are so upset?

The 2015 cup is red with a green logo. Past cups appear to generally be red with a green logo plus some other elements on the red background. Most of the time those elements have something to do with winter symbols: stylized flakes, ice skating, winter animals, and snowmen, mostly.

Since when are snow, winter activities, and snowmen the property of Christmas exclusively? Was Jesus born while it was snowing, or did the three Wise Men stop outside to roll up a few balls of the white stuff before coming in to deliver the gifts? Maybe the shepherds were ice skating when they heard the news?

How come no one complained before when there weren't overt Christmas symbols on the cups? They're still red and green, for goodness' sake. Does Starbucks have to include a baby in a manger to make the Christmas warriors happy?


After writing this, I found one other person who has more-or-less written what I'm saying, and she says it better with more samples.

1 comment:

Gina said...

Yeah, I don't get it either. It's like these people will grasp onto anything in order to complain. They seem to equate the illustrations on past Starbucks cups with Christmas -- perhaps the secular side of Christmas, i.e. Santa Claus, etc. But it's really a "tempest in a teapot" in my opinion.