A Brouhaha About Nothing   2 comments

So apparently there’s some sort of flap about Starbucks and a red cup. http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/nation-now/2015/11/11/itsjustacup-mocks-starbucks-red-cup-controversy/75563876/

As a Christian, I should be very exercised by this denigration of Christmas and Jesus and join a picket line outside of a local Starbucks.

AFP 546238018 A FIN USA DCBut I’m not. Here’s why:

  1. It’s zero here today and that is the worst possible time to picket anywhere.
  2. I don’t like Starbucks coffee so I rarely drink it. Don’t get me wrong. I like coffee — A LOT. But Fairbanks has plenty of independent coffee huts that make WAY better coffee than Starbucks, so I only drink it if I’m at Barnes & Noble and then only if its’ really cold outside. I can find better coffee almost anywhere else in Fairbanks and for a lower price and that helps the local economy.
  3. It’s not even Thanksgiving yet, so why should I get exercised over someone (possibly) denigrating Christmas yet? Let’s deal with the denigration of Thanksgiving first. Have you noticed that except for turkeys, you pretty much wouldn’t know that Thanksgiving is a holiday. Our grocery stores here (which are all large chains) decorated for Christmas November 1. So, if I was going to get exercised over the color of a cup at Starbucks, I would complain that it’s not orange.

There! See! Now we’re at least in the right month.

So, here’s the thing. As a Christian, I am very much annoyed that stores try to turn Christmas into a midwinter festival. When cashiers say “Happy Holidays” to me, I say “Merry Christmas” in return. It’s a deliberate choice on my part and I don’t care if it annoys you. Get over it. I celebrate Christmas. You can celebrate what you want, but you don’t have the right to force me to celebrate it with you.

I do my Christmas shopping, mostly, in September, so I don’t really notice if stores are not highlighting Christmas at Christmas, but I do try to frequent on-line stores that celebrate Christmas as Christmas, so yes, I care about the issue and encourage those Christians who actually shop during the Christmas season to choose to not shop at stores that act as if Christmas is more about Santa and reindeer than Jesus Christ. I don’t think you’re silly. If stores want to ignore the Christian aspects of the midwinter festivity, well, losing some business might be enlightening for them.

But, folks, choose your battles and weapons carefully. Accusing Starbucks of “hating Jesus” because of the color of a coffee cup just feeds their corporate PR machine and, trust me, they don’t need our help with that. Their advertising budget is enormous and now Christians — all of us and not just the useful idiots — are seen to have blown our wad on a controversy that just looks silly.

Now, maybe we can get back to celebrating Thanksgiving in November instead of looking like fools.

Enough said?

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  1. I do work for a major corporation. They had Christmas decorations up and ready to sell two weeks before Halloween. It was crazy to see Santa and a Christmas Tree juxtaposed next to a caped Skeleton with a scythe.


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