A Look Back At The Starbucks Holiday Cups

A Look Back At The Starbucks Holiday Cups

As we get ready for the launch of the 2016 Starbucks holiday cups, let's reminisce on all of the #RedCups.
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How can we really know when the holiday season officially starts? Is it November 1? Or maybe it starts when we set back our clocks to gain an hour of sleep? Alas, neither of these suggestions prove true. The real way to tell when the holiday season has officially starts is when Starbucks brings back their famous holiday cups. There really is no feeling like sipping a warm drink in a holiday themed cup. Since Starbucks is releasing the 2016 holiday cup on November 10, I figured we should take a look back at some past holiday cups, scandals and all.

2008:

What a simple, yet amazingly pleasing design we were given in 2008. The snowflakes kept all of our hopes up for having a white Christmas that year.

2009:

The ornaments on a the Christmas tree really put Starbucks customers into the holiday spirit and only made us want to decorate the tree way before Thanksgiving.

2010:

This cup is rather different than the first two because the cup is not quite as red. However, the inspirational sayings on the cups were enough to put anyone in a chipper mood for the holiday season.

2011:

These different scenes of people playing in the snow were once again bringing customers' hopes up that there would be a white Christmas. Thanks, Starbucks, for keeping our hopes and dreams alive.

2012:

Frost the Snowman winking at you as you enjoy your lovely holiday latte is enough for anyone to be put into the Christmas spirit.

2013:

More ornaments and holiday fun in a very minimalistic pattern gives this cup from 2013 a new and modern feel to the Starbucks holiday cup.

2014:

The faint decorations on these cups are still merry and bright, and we there's no way we could not be ready for the holidays while drinking from this cup.

2015:

The chances are if you have any type of social media account then you know that people were outraged by the Starbucks holiday cups for numerous reasons. The "controversial" cup design even sparked a hashtag on twitter that was #CupGate2015. Some customers said that they showed no sign of Christmas which meant Starbucks was against the holiday all together, some said the cups showed no representation of winter, and some people just complained about the lack of creativity. However, numerous people still loved the cups because of the bright red color that is commonly associated with Christmas.

I'm extremely curious and excited to see what the new #RedCups will look like for this year's holiday season, but I am even more excited to see what the reaction will be. Will there be a #CupGate2016 or will the world take the cups in with joy of having to forget about the "scandalous" cups from 2015? Either way, I know that I will be sipping on a delicious holiday drink from a holiday cup on November 10. Get prepared, because the holidays are soon to be officially upon us.

Cover Image Credit: Time

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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Christmas time is not about the gifts... It is about something far, far more special.

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Dear Reader,

Thank you for your time.

This is a series that I have dedicated to those I have loved and lost. It was merely a thought, then an idea, and now a realized creation. Christmas time… all winter really is a hard time for me. It holds this duality in my life of being both my favorite and also my least favorite and difficult time of year. It has been that way for years now.

In a way, this series aids my closure and healing further, and it allows me to tell my story in a way that, to me, is less scary (one of the many great facets of this platform). It was never my intention to write this in order to reach people, or encourage people, or serve as an inspiration to anyone. This was for me and only me. No one else. But, if these pieces of writing do impact someone, somewhere, or make them feel encouraged or inspired in some way or another, or just simply make them feel, then I hope you have enjoyed them. If I can make someone feel, then I guess I have done my job.

The life of an artist is often an uncertain one. The life of a human is a trying one. But life is a journey, and all journeys have their trials. Their tests. Their triumphs and rewards. And they all have their losses. What matters most is what you make of all of it. What lessons you learn. What changes you make. What life you create for yourself. What art you create because of it all. It can be very, very hard. But it can all be glorious at the same time.

At the heart of this series, my words, there is this deep and valuable belief of mine: Christmas (or the Winter Holiday that you may celebrate) is so much more about presents and cooking and shopping and all that other bullshit… it is about family.

The family that is related by blood. The family that surrounds your heart. Your Mom. Your brother. Your dearest friends. The bonds that make life valuable. Worth living. These bonds are soulful bonds, ones that are far more special than any mere trivial object. So… be with them. Forgive. Forget. Heal. Mend what is broken. Reassemble what has been shattered. And stop worrying so much. Laugh together. Cry together. Heal on another. Heal together. And may your new days be better, brighter, and full of love.

Happy Holidays.

Ty


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"Sense of Home" — Harrison Storm / YouTube

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