Everybody brace yourselves.

By Sara Tane and Sara Tane
Updated October 24, 2017
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The Starbucks holiday cup buzz is back, and that means one thing...drraAAAAMAAAA! Well, hopefully not, but it doesn’t hurt to expect the unexpected. Recently, some scandalous leaked photos of the alleged holiday cups from a Starbucks barista found their way onto Reddit, and as expected, people are already murmuring about the “festive” design. I am unsure if this is a good or bad reaction to the cup, but only time will tell.

Credit: Reddit User: darthsnoopy

Reddit User: darthsnoopy

So, you ask, how did we get here? Well, I think it’s important that we, as a society, acknowledge that this year’s holiday-themed cup debut will mark the 2-year anniversary of what might be the most epic meltdown about absolutely nothing in the history of humankind. Turns out that when the “symbols of the season,” A.K.A. reindeers and ornaments are redacted from the design and swapped for a simpler red cup, this suggests that Starbucks is “waging a war on Christmas.” For the love of all that is good and right in this world, can we all agree that we’re reading way too far into this glorified marketing campaign from one of the largest businesses in the world?

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This phenomenon, where everybody holds their breath and grips their loved ones tightly simply for the reveal of the design of a paper cup, is something that I don’t quite understand. Perhaps, everyone is patiently waiting on the edge of their seats for someone, somewhere to take offense to the “design” “of” “the” “cups” and start the anti-Starbucks holiday movement yet again. *Inhales and exhales deeply, crossing fingers that this is not the case.*

Whether these rumored cups are the featured holiday cups for 2017 or not, it’s pretty safe to assume that people are going to be pissed off by them, no matter what. Despite the fact that a rep from Starbucks has yet to confirm if this is the final design, the Internet is already riled up, and once we’ve crossed that bridge, there’s no turning back. Before you take to your social media platform of preference and write your scathing review on the coffee cups, consider this—don’t. You have every right to feel a certain way about these cups, but lighten up and smell the java. It’s just a latte, after all.