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#ItsJustACup Gives Starbucks Haters a Reality Check

It's no secret that coffee has become a daily necessity for parents. Every year, moms everywhere look forward to getting their coffee with a dash of holiday spirit in the seasonal Starbucks red cups. But this year, coffee isn't the only thing that's brewing. The coffee giant's new design brings controversy with religious conservatives angry over the minimalist all-red look while others take to Twitter saying #ItsJustACup.

In a Facebook video that has been viewed more than 15 million times as of Wednesday, Arizona-based evangelist Joshua Feuerstein accused Starbucks of removing the Christmas pattern because they "hate Jesus."

"Do you realize that Starbucks wanted to take Christ and Christmas off of their brand new cups?" Feuerstein asked. "That's why they're just plain red."

Even Trump has weighed in on this holiday debate, suggesting everyone boycott Starbucks.

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"Did you read about Starbucks? No more 'Merry Christmas' on Starbucks," Trump told thousands at a pre-debate rally in Springfield, Illinois. "Maybe we should boycott Starbucks. I don't know. Seriously, I don't care."

Trump then said that if he becomes president, everyone will be saying "Merry Christmas" again.

In previous years, the holiday cups have featured winter scenes, snowflakes (snowflakes are Christian?!) and Christmas ornaments. While critics see the design as a way to strip Christian messages from the holiday season, Starbucks say the new cup allows customers to individualize the blank canvas by creating their own drawings and messages.

We put together Starbucks cup designs from 2009 to 2014. See the evolution here:

Enter the recently trending #ItsJustACup. Many are arguing that there are more important things to worry about.

And as Thanksgiving nears, here's a great reminder:

Photographs by: Starbucks

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