I Love Starbucks Christmas Drinks And I Won't Apologize For That

I Love Starbucks Christmas Drinks And I Won't Apologize For That

It's like drinking Christmas in a cup.

Call me silly and basic, but I get super excited about Christmas songs, "Elf", and, most of all, Starbucks holiday drinks.

The day I look forward to most is November 1st, when I walk past Starbucks and see the menus shining red and discover the annual design of the red cup I'll be sipping from multiple times a day for the next two months. Last year, my Christmas spirit was met with slight disappointment at the plain red cups, but this year, my heart has grown larger than The Grinch's at the end of the movie. Not only are the white, hand-drawn designs BEAUTIFUL, but there's 13 of them! 13 amazing Christmas designs, and just like Pokemon, I intend to collect them all. With so many designs to get, I have a lot of drinks to buy. So, what will the order be?

Fruitcake Frappuccino

This is on the short list of Starbucks drinks I refuse to try. Call me crazy, but I don't really feel like chunks of dried raisins and clumps of matcha powder belong in a hazelnut milkshake.

Peppermint Mocha

This is my personal favorite. The chocolately mocha sauce, sweet peppermint syrup and creamy whipped cream all come together into what tastes like a liquefied York peppermint patty (my favorite candy). It also comes in a skinny version that has sugar-free syrup and no whipped cream, but still all of the sweet deliciousness.

Chestnut Praline Latte

This drink was a newbie a few years ago, but it's a classic in my heart. If your favorite thing about Christmas is chestnuts roasting on an open fire, this drink is for you. The chestnut syrup gives it a slight spice, the whipped cream a little sweetness, and the nutty crumble a great crunch.

Caramel Brulee Latte

Like a caramel latte, but with a fancier, Christmasier name.

Gingerbread Latte

Easily my second favorite, this one reminds me of homemade gingerbread cookies. Cheesy, I know, but whatever. I don’t know if it’s the sweet gingerbread flavor or the nutmeg on top, but this one brings a smile to my face with every sip.

Eggnog Latte

I’ve actually never had this one (or anything with eggnog, for that matter), but if it’s anything like the rest of Starbucks holiday drinks, I’m sure this blend of eggnog, espresso, and nutmeg is amazing. What even is eggnog, anyway?

Holiday Spice Drinks

The holiday spice flat white and new spiced sweet cream cold brew often go unnoticed because they aren't as sweet as the other drinks, but they are seriously delicious! Cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves all come together for what feels like a pine Christmas tree in a milky cup of joe. You seriously need to try these drinks if you haven't yet.

Of course, all these drinks are completely customizable. If you want a pump of raspberry syrup in your chestnut praline, or white chocolate in your peppermint mocha, it’s totally possible! They’re also all available iced or as Frappuccino (hello, warm days like today!) and classic fall drinks, like the PSL and salted caramel mocha, are still available too. These drinks are delicious, and only available for a limited time, so drink up!

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

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 Of Remembrance Series: My Last Letter

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


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.


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"Sense of Home" — Harrison Storm / YouTube

If you liked this series, I invite you to check out my previous article below…

To My Fellow 孤, The Sons Without Fathers On Father’s Day

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What You Learn Losing A Parent So Young

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