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Photo Of Starbucks' New Holiday Season Cups Appears Online

It's mid-October, and you know what that means: it's time for companies to start preparing for Christmas! 

Starbucks Coffee courts controversy every year with their holiday cups, no matter how "holiday-themed" they turn out to be. Past cups have ranged from plain red, to wintry nature scenes, to open references to Christmas.

This year, well before the big unveiling, a Starbucks employee leaked the holiday cup design on Reddit:

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In 2015, Starbucks' plain red cup led to a boycott from evangelical Christians who believed the company "hated Jesus." It seems they've taken steps to avoid that scenario by including a whimsical Christmas tree and gifts on this cup. Good luck with that.

I mean, certainly someone will be offended by this design...

And Jason didn't disappoint:

The mockery was swift...

Some are comparing the design to familiar stories...

It's also possible, of course, that this isn't Starbucks' only design. Last year, they crowd-sourced 13 designs from 13 different women, six of whom were from other countries. Perhaps we've finally reached a point, as a species, where one of these designs will allow us to order a coffee (or not) and go on with our lives without being outraged.

Ya think?

Now there's an idea:

H/T -  Grubstreet, Entertainment Online