‘Tis the Season to Get Pissed Off
— wendy (@wenm2911) November 8, 2015
Halloween decorations are still scattered across neighborhood lawns, but Americans across the country have forgotten Thanksgiving completely and turned their sight towards Christmas, and boy are they angry.
It may be the most wonderful time of the year for many, but Christians and other traditionalists are feeling nothing but anger in the advent of the annual celebration of Jesus’s birth. What’s causing the latest Christmas crusade? Hint: it’s not persecution, at least not in the way you’d think.
It’s about coffee and a mall. That’s all it’s come down to, and already, thousands of people are up in arms at the time of year that should be focused on good will towards men. You may have heard by now that Starbucks’s annual holiday season cup features a minimalist design, that is, plain red, instead of the usual variation of snowflakes, bells, ornaments, winter sports, or other insignia of the holidays. The lack of decoration has caused an uproar, leading people to accuse Starbucks of trying to take the Christ out of Christmas and otherwise undermine the Christian holiday. But one self-proclaimed evangelist and social media personality came up with an idea that’s turning the PC debacle on its head.
Convinced that Starbucks is raging a war against Christmas, the hashtag #MerryChristmasStarbucks is now trending, encouraging people to give their name as “Merry Christmas” so that Starbucks employees have to write “Merry Christmas” on the cup and then call it out as they announce the order. Clever!
The Christmas prank is now a viral trend, although some people are criticizing the campaign for giving Starbucks even more business than before. Others are pointing out that the “holiday cups” never ostensibly were Christmas themed, but rather that they sometimes featured signs of the season in general.
But Starbucks isn’t the only place causing outrage so far this year. The Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City, NY—the famous location where Charles Lindbergh took off from for his historic trans-Atlantic flight—is the other focus point of Christmas backlash.
Known for its annual Christmas display, where children can take pictures with Santa Claus, this year, the mall made a creative decision that has left thousands of patrons furious: there was no tree. Click on continue reading to find out more on the brouhaha over Starbucks and Christmas.
Technically, there was a tree, only not in the traditional sense.
The mall stated that it wanted to take a more modern approach to the holiday this year, so they constructed what people are describing as a large, futuristic glacier pod, complete with a digitalized tree that performed a light show.
Backlash against the modern concept was immediate, with present and former patrons decrying Roosevelt Field Mall for forsaking a beautiful Christmas tradition. Local citizens took to social media to protest and clarify that they will never go back to the mall.
After the severe pushback, the mall proceeded to remove parts of the “glacier” set and instead put up several trees as well as numerous poinsettia plants.
Honestly, the holidays always seem to bring out the best and worst in people. Also, the political correctness wars seem to rage around this time of year, and something as simple as serving coffee in a red cup—which is still a Christmas color, mind you—is enough to set thousands of people off their rockers. Nobody wants an ugly, futuristic background in their annual Christmas picture, but that’s no reason to have a meltdown and lose your cool. Out of all the tweets, Facebook posts, and Instagrams I’ve seen today, I think this was one of the few that reflects the true nature of the season:
Instead of boycotting a company for a cup design, why don’t you buy someone coffee and tell them about Jesus? #merryChristmasStarbucks
— Landon Dean Rogers (@Landslidelandon) November 9, 2015
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