Images are very powerful and they can convey a message more effectively than words. The symbolism associated with the new designs of the cups are quite ambiguous as the red color means human emotions and feelings. But the green color signifies envy and pride from which we should stay away and protect our soul. So by missing the red color with the green color we are signifying the emotions which are negative from which we need to protect ourselves. However, we should not read too much into a symbolism.
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America isn't made up only of Christians. How come Christmas is the only holiday represented? Why not an Islamic holiday, such as Eid? Or a Jewish Holiday? Or any. Other. Culture. Separation of church and state is vanishing from American society, and that's wrong. Christmas, to be honest, is represented TOO much compared to other holidays. Christians are getting butthurt over this, and frankly, I find the attention this 'issue' is getting laughable.
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The Christian faith is one of the most un-persecuted religions in the modern world. There is no such thing as a war on Christmas. Why do Christians feel there is a lack of representation of their faith? In America, we teach students to say "under God" when we pledge the flag! Even non-religious people, even Buddhists, Muslims, everyone. There is no such thing as a war on Christmas.
The holiday season in America begins with Thanksgiving; a time of thanks and remembrance for the roots of our nation. Specifically, when we remember the first Thanksgiving, we remember the Pilgrims. We give thanks for the help they received from the Native Americans, who ensured they survived in the new land, which ensured their escape from religious persecution was not in vain. The help the Native Americans gave these strangers was much like the help Jesus gave to the needy he encountered. The next celebrated holiday in the season, Christmas, celebrates the birth of Jesus, a man who devoted his life to selfless acts and embracing humanity. Christmas also is the only holiday of any religion which is acknowledged in this season in mainstream American culture. So today in this holiday season, where we celebrate being grateful, our fellowman, selflessness, and the foundation of religious freedom in America, a large population is upset a coffee chain is using red cups.
I would say most Christians are not upset, and it is the "Christians" in name only who seem to have the biggest issue with this. True Christians would realize there are more important things to get upset about, including starving children, peace on Earth, helping the homeless and other worthy worries.
I have a feeling this is more of a marketing ploy by Starbucks instead of actual outrage from Christians, since I have seen no one actually complaining about the cups. I have only seen people complaining about people complaining about the cups. Red is a simple color and features no iconic or idolatrous imagery. It seems to me to be completely neutral - not really supporting the religious Christmas or the commercial Christmas.
Being a Christian myself I don't think that design of anything (let alone coffee cups) has anything to do with celebrating any of the Christian holidays. It should not matter whether the coffe cup is yellow, green or blue. And, why would any good Christian make an issue about a cup?!