Nothing says Christmas in your mouth more than the Peppermint Mocha Frappuccino from Starbucks, at least for this coffee-slurping girl of 24.
It’s November once again; Christmas is roughly a month away, and a lot of coffee-loving people know what that means — the red cups come out at Starbucks!
I just find so much to love about Starbucks at this time of the year…
I love hanging out at Starbucks stores more during the Christmas season partly because of the decor! The glass windows become so much more interesting and fun to look at, and inject the Christmas feeling in the air. I don’t know if this is bias talking, but I feel that nobody does this better than Starbucks.
I rarely buy anything from Starbucks other than their coffee, but this year’s line up of Christmas themed products caught my eye. One item in particular, actually, and it just so happens to be the tumbler for kids. I’ve been a fan of striped straws for as long as I can remember, and I was sold when I saw a sticker on it in one of the stores that said the straw changes color when you sip! I’m a sucker for cute, simple things like this! Too bad I didn’t have cash on me when I saw it, so I grabbed a catalogue instead to remind myself to get one soon.
Can I just say, by the way, that this catalogue of the Starbucks merchandise is so pretty?? I felt greatly inspired and terribly excited to do a Christmas-themed shoot, no matter what the subject! Anybody out there what to plan one with me? :D
And then of course, it goes without saying that I love Starbucks during the later -ber months because of this. Here in the Philippines, we have these cards wherein we get stickers every time we buy a Starbucks drink, and once we complete the stickers we get a Starbucks planner for the following year! I think certain other countries have this thing going too, but I’m not sure where? More reason to spend Christmas vacation in the Philippines for foreigners whose countries don’t have this but want a Starbucks planner? Hahaha!
You can judge me all you want for giving in to this marketing strategy, but I honestly adore Starbucks planners, especially if they’re designed to my taste. I’ll admit that there has been a year or two wherein I wouldn’t bother to get a planner because I didn’t like how it looked both on the cover and on the inside, but most of the time, you’ll find a Starbucks card in my wallet.
The final reason why Starbucks booms during the Christmas season is of course because of their Christmas drinks. Much like McDonald’s with their twister fries, these aren’t available all throughout the year, creating much excitement for their arrival come November.
I actually used to be a fan of their Crème Brûlée Frappuccino back in the early 2000’s (2005, I think?) when it was part of the Christmas drink roster, but I was only able to enjoy it that one year because they replaced it with something else. Woe is me for my lack of a Christmas drink, as I wasn’t a fan of the nutty flavor of the well-loved Toffee Nut Frappuccino!
I eventually decided to give the Peppermint Mocha Frappuccino a try, and I was hooked ever since! I’m not a big fan of mint, but this is one of the few delicious exceptions. I’ve stuck by it through the years, and my personal signal for “Christmas is in the air” was redefined. Now, when I see red sprinkles instead of a caramel drizzle on the whipped cream on my drink, I know that Christmas isn’t that far off, and I get that fuzzy feeling and excitement for Christmas lights again.