1 Cup, 2 Cup, Red Cup, Blue Cup

Oh no, Starbucks has red cups for Christmas.

Because they’ve always done such Christian decorations on their cups…

And I’m personally offended that Jesus is not on my triple shot no-foam pumpkin spice latte with whip…

Because Starbucks is the most important thing in the world…

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GUYS! It’s a freaking Starbucks cup, not ISIS in your neighborhood.

Calm down!

Everybody already knows that Starbucks is not, nor have they ever been, a Christian company. This is not news.

Their “war on Christmas” never actually started. It has always been Starbucks being secular.

The fact of the matter is, there are several actual reasons to boycott Starbucks if you are a serious Christian. Not a single one of those reasons is that your cup is red.

Reason 1: CEO Howard Schultz has been vocal that Starbucks’ support for same-sex marriage is a core value of the company.

Reason 2: Starbucks supports Fair Trade. Fair Trade is not Fair Trade. Do some research. Fair Trade stunts economic growth in third-world countries, keeping them as poor as possible to manipulate the workers. Fair Trade does it’s fair share of damage on a global scale and I personally avoid Fair Trade whenever possible.

Reason 3: If you’re hard core, reason 3 is that Starbucks is not a Christian company. It is a very very secular company. This has always been the case. Most coffee companies are not Christian. Most businesses in general are not Christian. This is no longer a Christian country and that is just something we need to realize.

So before your knickers get in a knot, ask yourself why Starbucks is riling you up so much.

Literally nothing has changed.

And the whole “My name is Merry Christmas” thing? Petty. Because guess what, the individual Starbucks employees are just following the rules set out by the god-like CEO and other higher-ups. It’s not their fault. And corporate won’t know whenever an employee calls out “Merry Christmas” when your drink is done. It makes no difference to them what you do.

Screw Feuerstein, he just wants the whole controversy to keep growing. He claims people are outraged, but I don’t actually know anybody who’s actually angry about this. He just wanted that invite to CNN.

AND Starbucks sells Advent calenders. It’s not like they have eliminated all mention of Christmas and decided that it is a neutral ‘Holiday season’ or that they’re spouting Communist mantras at you when you order.

Really though, the fact of the matter is that your celebration of Christmas and what it stands for should not be based off of a paper cup from a secular company. Starbucks is not invading your home with blowtorches, determined to burn down anything that is representative of Christmas.

Calm down, celebrate Jesus’ birth with your family, and if your still angry, get your coffee somewhere else. There are so many other coffee companies, and local coffee is ALWAYS the best.

Besides, Starbucks coffee sucks.

If you want to read a much more eloquent blog on this subject, go check out Matt Walsh’s genius take on the matter.

http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/no-serious-christians-arent-worried-about-the-stupid-starbucks-cups/

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Christmas Traditions

Christmas Eve is tomorrow.

Christmas Eve already.

This time of year brings about celebrations of the birth of Christ, of family, friends, and food.

Every family has their traditions no matter how small or seemingly insignificant. They are what make this time of year rise above any other.

For my family it starts on Christmas Eve with our Christmas dinner. Afterwards we attend our church’s Candlelight Service, a lovely time of singing Christmas hymns, which I adore.

We come home to dessert and possibly a Christmas movie. Before bed we read three stories, starting with the original Christmas story, the birth of Jesus Christ. That is followed by ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, and then our family favorite; How the Grinch Stole Christmas, complete with facial expressions and voices from my mother.

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My little brother and I head to bed, but I’m usually the only one sleeping for a while. Christmas starts with Josh waking me up around 4. We aren’t allowed to our parents up before 5,  so he tries to get me to play games and such.

Amidst going through stockings and opening presents, we eat lil’ smokies and homemade cinnamon rolls. Afterwards my mother makes her absolutely divine biscuits and gravy.

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The rest of our lazy Christmas Day is spent talking to family over the phone, figuring out our presents and watching old movies, my favorite being Elvis movies.

Christmas is a great time of year to spend time with your family and remember what all God has given to us.

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What are some of your Christmas traditions? Or do you celebrate Hanukkah? I’d love to hear some stories!