For many, the holidays are marked by the change in weather, the holiday windows in department stores, the setting of holiday plans with friends and family and the appearance of Starbuck鈥檚 iconic red cups. But this year, the coffee brewers decided to go a minimalist route with their red cups and have been getting considerable backlash on social media due to their lack of 鈥渉oliday spirit鈥 (i.e. mistletoe, snowflakes, holly, reindeer 鈥 you get the picture) and over-observance of鈥 political correctness? 鈥淚n the past, we have told stories with our holiday cups designs,鈥 said Jeffrey Fields, Starbuck鈥檚 Vice President of Design + Content. 鈥淭his year we wanted to usher in the holidays with a purity of design that welcomes all of our stories.鈥 People got so incensed over the cups, the hashtag #MerryChristmasStarbucks actually trended on Twitter.

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But then Dunkin鈥 Donuts jumped into the fray by releasing their own holiday cups last week that certainly have a healthy dose of all that was 鈥渕issing鈥 on the Starbucks cups.

The donut chain鈥檚 coffee cups certainly tick off everything on that holiday cup checklist. They come complete with a holly + evergreen wreath and the word 鈥淛oy鈥 written in big script letters, and they鈥檙e red and green all over. How鈥檚 that for Christmas cheer?

People are actually applauding Dunkin鈥 Donuts for 鈥渟aving Christmas鈥 and for 鈥済etting it right.鈥

Still others see this as a clever marketing tactic 鈥 riding on the coattails of a competitor鈥檚 controversy for more publicity.

Still others are like, 鈥淢eh.鈥

Perhaps rather than getting outraged over the design of the cups, we ought to take issue with the fact that the 鈥淛oy鈥 Dunkin鈥 Donuts cup is still made of non-recyclable styrofoam and will probably sit in a landfill for literally a million years. Just sayin鈥欌

What do you think of all this holiday cup controversy? Tell us in the comments below!

(h/t Hello Giggles, photos via @thatgirlshaexo + Starbucks)