Starbucks holiday cup comes with a message to 'Give Good'

Starbucks red holiday cups from 2015

Starbucks red holiday cups from

Starbucks on Wednesday unveiled its winter drinks and holiday cups.

It's the most wonderful time of the year! The plain red cups were slammed by some who felt that the company removed "Christmas from their cups because they hate Jesus".

From 1997 to 2017, the traditionally-themed "red cups" have evolved from a red cup featuring holiday designs like ornaments and snowmen, to solid red cups, and then to last year's red cups with submitted designs from Starbucks fanatics. "We love the idea of everyone making this year's cup their own". That's right, people: holiday drinks are officially back at Starbucks as of November 1 at 5 a.m. local time, meaning you can order your favorite seasonal drinks and they'll come in a red cup to match.


I'll admit that I was salty at first because red cup season is my favorite season (before rosé season and after PSL season), but the cups are kind of adorable and have a solid message behind them. Starbucks says it's limited festive coffee offerings this year will include Chestnut Praline Latte, Caramel Brulée Latte and Peppermint Mocha.

Starbucks' 2017 holiday cup was designed with creative customers in mind.

Starbucks' Executive Creative Director Leanne Fremar said the cup is "intentionally created to encourage our customers to add their own color and illustrations". Printed with hearts, presents, and Christmas trees, the cups are certainly holiday-focused, but that doesn't mean you can't put your own spin on the classic design. This is the 20th year Starbucks has served the festive cups. "Giving good can be as small as someone opening the door for you, or recognizing the people that enrich your life".

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