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The 13 Cups of Christmas


This year, Starbucks’ traditional red holiday season cups come with a twist: the festive designs were hand drawn by artists from around the world. Last December, Starbucks invited customers to share their artistic designs on Instagram. From the submissions, 13 designs were chosen for the 2016 holiday cups, which were officially released on November 10th. Since the iconic Starbucks Christmas cup’s first appearance in 1997, it has featured several winter-themed designs. However, instead of sparking festive spirits, Starbucks’ 2015 holiday cup only created controversy: commentators on social media went berserk, claiming that the plain red cups had been stripped of Christmas symbolism. While some were outraged and claimed that the 2015 holiday cup was a “war on Christmas”, others thought “people need to chill, it’s a cup you toss out.” Perhaps the social media debacle was what inspired Starbucks to turn to customer-created designs this year. Take a look at each cup design below:

1. Birds and Flowers
By Florencia from Bandung, Indonesia











2. Holiday Lights
By Maria Lauren from New York City, New York











3. Birch Forest
By Chloe from Plainfield, Illinois











4. Candy Canes
By Jennifer from Seattle, Washington











5. Ornaments
By Anz Soza from Dubai, United Arab Emirates











6. Woodland Deer
By Samantha from Broomall, Pennsylvania











7. Love and Joy
By Anna from Toronto, Canada











8. Poinsettia
By Christina from Bakersfield, California











9. Graphic Swirls
By Erica from Markham, Ontario, Canada











10. Snowflake Sweater
By Alisa from St. Petersburg, Russia











11. Evergreen Forest
By Bronwyn from Moscow, Idaho











12. Sleigh Ride
By Eun Joo from Daejeon, South Korea











13. Wooden Wreath
By Tracy from Los Angeles, California

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