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In case you missed it, some coffee drinkers are very upset about Starbucks' new holiday cups.

They feel the plain red cups are a sign of the times — that Starbucks is just the latest company to remove Christmas from the holiday season.

In years past, Starbucks' holiday cups had a bit more ... let's say flair to them, featuring things like snowflakes and tree ornaments. In 2015, however, the coffee giant seems to have gone with a more minimalistic approach for the cups' design.

Admittedly, they are be a bit boring (hey, I like my snowflakes):



But ... anti-Christmas?

“This is a denial of historical reality and the great Christian heritage behind the American dream that has so benefitted Starbucks," Andrea Williams of the group Christian Concern told Breitbart. “This also denies the hope of Jesus Christ and his story told so powerfully at this time of year."

For the record, Starbucks has never featured overtly religious symbols — let alone the story of Jesus — on its holidays cups (unless Jesus was a cartoon snowman). And it continues to sell Christmas Blend coffee and advent calendars, by the way.

See these holiday cups from 2012? I believe that's a snowman under there, next to the scribbles. Photo by Eva Hambach/AFP/Getty Images.

Nonetheless, outrage sparked the #MerryChristmasStarbucks hashtag among some people of faith (certainly not all) who are sharing photos of themselves with their Starbucks coffee after asking baristas to write "Merry Christmas" on the cups. Which the baristas do, because Starbucks does not have an anti-Christmas policy.

As expected, not everyone has been on board with the hashtag or its message. So those who think the holiday cups are just ... well, cups ... created their own hashtag, #ItsJustACup, poking fun at their cause. A digital war of words ensued.

And this week, Ellen DeGeneres joined in on what has become this year's first War on Christmas debate.

As DeGeneres often does so brilliantly with cultural controversies, she weighed in on the holiday cup drama.

During her show this week, DeGeneres broke down exactly why some people are bent out of shape about these gosh darn cups.

All GIFs via TheEllenShow/YouTube.

She mentioned that Starbucks released a statement explaining its holiday cups were not at all intended to be anti-anything, but to "create a culture of belonging, inclusion and diversity" by welcoming "customers from all backgrounds and religions in [its] stores around the world."

But DeGeneres clearly was not having it.

"I mean, look at this cup," she quipped. "You might as well call it a Satan sipper."

DeGeneres' solution to those who feel like Starbucks needs a bit more Christmas in its stores?

These fabulous things.

They're called Starbucks Holiday Vision Glasses and you can purchase them for the low, completely reasonable price of $99, as DeGeneres hilariously explains in the clip below.

It's certainly worth three minutes of your time.

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We all know that small acts of kindness can turn into something big, but does that apply to something as small as a pair of socks?

Yes, it turns out. More than you might think.

A fresh pair of socks is a simple comfort easily taken for granted for most, but for individuals experiencing homelessness—they are a rare commodity. Currently, more than 500,000 people in the U.S. are experiencing homelessness on any given night. Being unstably housed—whether that’s couch surfing, living on the streets, or somewhere in between—often means rarely taking your shoes off, walking for most if not all of the day, and having little access to laundry facilities. And since shelters are not able to provide pre-worn socks due to hygienic reasons, that very basic need is still not met, even if some help is provided. That’s why socks are the #1 most requested clothing item in shelters.

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When the founders of Bombas, Dave Heath and Randy Goldberg, discovered this problem, they decided to be part of the solution. Using a One Purchased = One Donated business model, Bombas helps provide not only durable, high-quality socks, but also t-shirts and underwear (the top three most requested clothing items in shelters) to those in need nationwide. These meticulously designed donation products include added features intended to offer comfort, quality, and dignity to those experiencing homelessness.

Over the years, Bombas' mission has grown into an enormous movement, with more than 75 million items donated to date and a focus on providing support and visibility to the organizations and people that empower these donations. These are the incredible individuals who are doing the hard work to support those experiencing —or at risk of—homelessness in their communities every day.

Folks like Shirley Raines, creator of Beauty 2 The Streetz. Every Saturday, Raines and her team help those experiencing homelessness on Skid Row in Los Angeles “feel human” with free makeovers, haircuts, food, gift bags and (thanks to Bombas) fresh socks. 500 pairs, every week.

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Or Director of Step Forward David Pinson in Cincinnati, Ohio, who offers Bombas donations to those trying to recover from addiction. Launched in 2009, the Step Forward program encourages participation in community walking/running events in order to build confidence and discipline—two major keys to successful rehabilitation. For each marathon, runners are outfitted with special shirts, shoes—and yes, socks—to help make their goals more achievable.

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Help even reaches the Front Street Clinic of Juneau, Alaska, where Casey Ploof, APRN, and David Norris, RN give out free healthcare to those experiencing homelessness. Because it rains nearly 200 days a year there, it can be very common for people to get trench foot—a very serious condition that, when left untreated, can require amputation. Casey and Dave can help treat trench foot, but without fresh, clean socks, the condition returns. Luckily, their supply is abundant thanks to Bombas. As Casey shared, “people will walk across town and then walk from the valley just to come here to get more socks.”

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The Bombas Impact Report provides details on Bombas’s mission and is full of similar inspiring stories that show how the biggest acts of kindness can come from even the smallest packages. Since its inception in 2013, the company has built a network of over 3,500 Giving Partners in all 50 states, including shelters, nonprofits and community organizations dedicated to supporting our neighbors who are experiencing- or at risk- of homelessness.

Their success has proven that, yes, a simple pair of socks can be a helping hand, an important conversation starter and a link to humanity.

You can also be a part of the solution. Learn more and find the complete Bombas Impact Report by clicking here.

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