There is something so magical when your favorite Starbucks Barista hands over your first red holiday cup of the season. For some reason, though, the 2015 holiday red cup has been extremely controversial; not because of the offensive writing or because of the overly religious drawings that you might expect. People are throwing fits everywhere because the 2015 Starbucks Red Holiday Cup is too…. RED.
To be honest when I first saw the red holiday cup I thought that it was really pretty. I was not one bit bothered that there were not any drawings, characters or words on it… mainly because I’ve always know the cup to be the “Starbucks Red Holiday Cup”. Never once did I consider this cup to be the “Christmas Cup” or the “Starbucks Religious Cup”. Nope.
Earlier this season Starbucks posted on their website that they “wanted to usher in the holidays with a purity of design that welcomes all of our stories.” Well Starbucks, here is my story and hear me roar.
If you know me personally then you know that Starbucks, as a whole, means so much to me. I started working at Starbucks a month before my first semester of college (#gocoogs). I knew nothing about coffee except that I liked it. I didn’t even know why I liked it or what kind I liked. Again, I just knew that I liked it.
Fast forward a year: BOOM in walks R. Literally, he walked in to my Starbucks and OH GOODNESS was he cute.
Fast forward four more years: R and I are in Seattle, outside of the very first Starbucks in Pike’s Place Market, and R is on one knee asking me to be his forever.
Having said that, this is what the 2015 Starbucks Red Holiday Cup means to me:
When I was a Barista, Starbucks had a tuition reimbursement program in which they reimbursed their partners (employees) at the end of each semester. This program, obviously, had many guidelines but none of which were difficult to meet. The company didn’t reimburse for the full cost of each semester but that doesn’t matter to me. The fact that this HUGE, global company provides options for their partners to better their lives by continuing their education means so much to me and proves that this company is not just about “the bottom line” or making a quick buck.
Within a year of starting at Starbucks I was promoted to Shift Supervisor, basically “Manager on duty”. Though this might not seem like a big deal, keep in mind that I was only 18 so being promoted to ANYTHING was a big deal. Although I didn’t realize it at the time, being able to manage a hectic morning shift (complete with grumpy customers) really set me up for my professional career.
Friendship. I met a lot of really cool people while working at Starbucks; people from all backgrounds and walks of life. Many of these people that I encountered really believed in me and encouraged me to finish school. I pulled too many all-nighters studying but it makes work seem less like work when you get to spend the morning with people who genuinely care about you. R and I even invited some of our former coworkers and customers to our wedding!
Until next time,