Don't panic—it's not replacing the red holiday cup
EC: Starbucks' New Green Cup Means You Can Get Into the Holiday Spirit Early
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Now that it's November, it's basically time to start blasting carols and decorating with wreaths and trees and twinkling lights (...sort of). Starbucks is leading the charge of celebrating the holidays early: Starting this morning, November 1, the classic Starbucks holiday beverages are back, like the Eggnog Latte and the Gingerbread Latte and the Peppermint Mocha. But if you're looking for to get those holiday drinks in the Starbucks red holiday cup, you might be a little disappointed. Instead, Starbucks launched a new green cup, available exclusively at US stores for a limited time, alongside the return of its holiday beverages.

This Starbucks new green cup is designed by artist Shogo Ota, and it features "a mosaic of more than a hundred people drawn in one continuous stroke," according to a press release sent to Extra Crispy. The design "represents shared humanity and connection, serving as a symbol for stitching people together as a united community," and is meant to serve as a "reminder of our shared values, and the need to be good to each other,” said Howard Schultz, the company's chairman and CEO.

And though the message of the the new Starbucks green cup is all well and good—and a reminder to be kind to your fellow humans is probably a necessary thing in this last week before the US presidential election on November 8—it's still not the beloved Starbucks red holiday cup, which is perhaps the truest sign that the holidays are here.

People don't take kindly to changes to the red holiday cup. (Remember last year's Starbucks red cup controversy, when the new design was deemed a war on Christmas?) That's why this new limited, seasonal green cup might confuse some Starbucks fans.

But if you're a fan of the original red holiday cups from Starbucks, don't panic about this new Starbucks green cup. The red holiday cups are still coming back later on in the season (though it seems that someone on Reddit might've already spilled the beans on that one, if you want to peek, too).

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