Christmas Coffee Controversy



S. Thompson

Two of the types of coffee cups used

Sage Thompson, Opinions Editor

The holiday season is upon us. We’ve already been inundated with
pumpkin spice, and peppermint is soon to follow. Cracker Barrel has been having ornament sales since August, and your endearingly odd old-lady neighbor probably enlisted her grandkid’s help with the Christmas lights the day after Thanksgiving. However, the roads aren’t the only thing that’s icy this holiday season; the Christmas cup debates are coming soon to an outdated social media network near you.

The explanation for this December debate is actually rather simple. Starbucks is catering to what may just be the two most opposite demographics in the world: young, progressive college students with strong opinions, and middle-aged coffee-drinkers looking to preserve their traditions. Though this cultural clash may seem trivial, it can have an enormous effect on the aesthetic appearance of Starbucks cups.

However, the fact of the matter is that holidays have a different meaning for everyone. What we can all agree upon is this: Starbucks Cup Controversy simply has no place in anyone’s holiday season. There are much more important things to worry about (or, alternatively, to forget about and count our blessings.)