Update--Cup Wars Continue

For those who have better things to do than follow on the heels of an inflammatory debate over paper coffee cups, here is a quick recap of the events leading up to this moment:

Starbucks removed explicit Christmas references from their seasonal cups, and conservative Christians across the country flipped out, accusing the chain of declaring their role in the “War on Christmas.” The whole debacle has gotten a lot more attention than it deserves, which, quite honestly, is probably none.

Now Dunkin’ Donuts, an even crappier chain coffee shop than Starbucks, has thrown their hat into the ring. They promptly released their holiday cups, which feature wreaths and holly surrounding a red cursive rendering of the word “Joy.”


In a statement, Dunkin Donuts argued that the timely decorations were not a maniacal marketing scheme to pick up customers who have shunned Starbucks. They claimed that the cups are merely part of their holiday traditions, stating “We believe this [the festive cup] conveys the happiness and spirit of the holiday season in a way that resonates with our guests.”

Though the timing is almost too perfect, design experts have weighed in, explaining that it would be nearly impossible for a company so large to design and manufacture these cups in the wake of this short-lived controversy. But, then again, Santa does deliver gifts to every child across the entire world in the span of one evening, so maybe there’s a little Christmas magic at play here.


Featured photo courtesy of Ged Carroll.