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Starbucks 2018 holiday cups

Starbucks gets nostalgic as the brand unveils four new retro holiday cup designs in celebration of the 2018 holiday season.

"We started this season by looking to the past", said Kristy Cameron from the Starbucks Creative Studio. The coffee chain's rolling out its annual holiday cups. You have to buy a holiday beverage, Delish said. The company unveiled four new holiday cup designs Thursday: One with red stripes, one with a green argyle pattern, one with red and white flames and one with mistletoe-like coffee cherries in red and green.

Brewer said that this year's decision to take a more traditional route wasn't a response to those earlier controversies.

Beth Egan, an associate professor of advertising at Syracuse University, told The Washington Post that she doesn't think the latest batch of cups reflect Christmas or any one holiday in particular.

If there's one thing we look forward to every year, it's the festive JOY that Starbucks brings us.

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The final cup, the "Stargyle", features twinkling stars and interlinking diamonds, born from the illustration from Christmas Blend 1999 that showed a couple reaching up to place a star atop a holiday tree.

Twitter this morning was filled with Starbucks diehards admitting they were waiting in insane drive-through lines to grab eggnog lattes and a free cup.

Customers who order a holiday beverage today will get the cup at participating stores while supplies last, according to the company.

New sweet treats are also on available, including Chocolate Swirl Brioche, a Pistachio Honey Croissant, and a Sugarplum Cheese Danish.

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