from our partnerFaithwire
written byTré Goins-Phillips
Starbucks is giving its holiday cups the full Christmas treatment this year.
The coffee company unveiled four holiday-themed cup patterns Thursday morning, and those concerned about the so-called “War on Christmas” will be very pleased with the designs.
“We listened to our customers,” Roz Brewer, chief operating officer for Starbucks, said in a statement, according to CNN, noting so many of the café’s patrons “loved the tradition of Christmas.”
At the time, Joshua Feuerstein, a former pastor who now sees himself as a “social media personality,” declared Starbucks decided to go with a simple, solid red cup “because they hate Jesus” and didn’t want to pay homage to the Christmas tradition.
The Seattle-based company responded to Feuerstein’s critique by saying the goal was to create “a culture of belonging, inclusion and diversity,” adding the design was intended to be a “blank canvas” on which customers could “tell their Christmas stories in their own way.”
It should be noted Starbucks is also selling a solid red reusable coffee cup this year, while supplies last.
Starbucks has unveiled a holiday-themed cup every year since 1997. The featured image above showcases the designs the company has released through the years.
Faithwire reached out to Feuerstein for a statement on Starbucks’ new cup designs. If he responds, this article will be updated to include his comments.