It’s become as reliable as Aunt Mary’s homemade oyster dressing, the traditional Christmas celebration of Let’s All Get Mad at Starbucks Again Over a Stupid Cup!

Seriously I don’t get it. It’s a friggin’ cup. As long as it holds my coffee and doesn’t teach my kid any new curse words, we’re probably good. I don’t have the time or the energy during November and December to give you much more than that. And I frankly resent people who do. Like, what the hell is wrong with you that you have all these extra resources to devote to being pissed off at Starbucks? I need to know this. It’s important!

I’ve got fifteen lists, twelve at least will never see the light of day much less get completed, family members who aren’t speaking to one another yet are expected to dine together in holiday joy around my table in six weeks, a stack of volunteer forms begging me to give just a few hours of my time…and y’alll really want to talk about a cup? Alright, fine. But don’t forget you asked for it, okay?

Starbucks just released a pretty emerald cup.

“The green cup and the design represent the connections Starbucks has as a community with its partners (employees) and customers,” Howard Schultz, chairman and CEO, said in a news release. “During a divisive time in our country, Starbucks wanted to create a symbol of unity as a reminder of our shared values, and the need to be good to each other.” (Source)

Aww. That is such a sweet sentiment. It would be a shame if a bunch of self righteous holy rolling jesus freaks who are supposed to be all about loving thy neighbor ruined this kind gesture by bitching and moaning and kvetching, because they feel it’s not “Christmasy” enough, wouldn’t it?

I mean, I don’t know about y’all, but I was taught when someone does something nice and thoughtful, I should reciprocate in much the same manner. I don’t see why that should work out any differently just because Starbucks is a big corporation. It’s still made up of people, and there are individuals who made this decision and put their hearts and souls into it.

What the world sees right now is a non-religious company reaching out and doing something to try and bring people together, and the religious community smacking back and yelling, “No! Don’t! We don’t like the way you’re doing that!” Followed by a very public temper tantrum that’s not even worthy of a three year old pre-nap time. Guess who does not look good here?

I am so sick and tired of the faux religious crowd making up shit to be upset about. There are homeless people who are not getting food and proper medical treatment. There are women and children stuck in abusive relationships. There are seniors who have to choose between eating and buying medications. Channel that energy into something that matters, that can and will make a meaningful difference in the world.

And for the love of X, quit making fools of yourselves every year and put your own meaning back into the holiday. It’s what we make of it, after all.



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