In the past, scenes on the cups have included reindeers and snowmen, amongst others.
Apparently, some people watch this very closely. The problem?
This year Starbucks went with a minimalist design:
The minimalist cups seem dull and boring to me, but some are arguing this is a Starbucks "War on Christmas." I guess it is possible. The Starbucks founder Howard Schultz is a nut job.
Donald Trump is suggesting that the chain be boycotted.
But, really, isn't the uproar a bit of over-sensitivity to questionable slights? The type of slights generally displayed by leftie wing-nuts?
If people really are looking for the holiday spirit and they find the cups a big problem, I would think they would just take their business elsewhere, to coffee shops where the holiday spirit fills the air.
If Howard Schultz, a Jew, doesn't want to celebrate Christmas, well then that is his choice. But as far as I have observed, most Jewish retail merchants promote the hell out of Christmas in their stores. Not because they are believers in celebrating the birth of Jesus, but because most of their customers do. And one thing we can learn from free market economics is that the successful merchants will be those who cater to the wishes of their customers, not the other way around.
Bottom line: I am sure there are going to be many Jewish merchants blasting the Christmas season out at us this holiday season. And it is very unlikely that Schultz is going to be giving off any other signs that could possibly be interpreted as being anti-Christmas, in a country that largely celebrates Christmas. Schultz may be anti-Christmas, but I am guessing he is pro money in his pocket first.