Starbucks plain red holiday cups are stirring up some controversy. Critics are saying that the company is waging a war on Christmas.

 

Starbucks said it removed "symbols of the season" used in the past, which have included reindeer and ornaments, in favor of a simple, two-toned red cup.

The cups rolled out in late October and Starbucks said that the plain red cups were to usher in the holidays with a purity of design that welcomes all of our stories.

Joshua Feuerstein, a former pastor who calls himself a 'social media personality,' took exception.

Feuerstein is encouraging customers to say "Merry Christmas" instead of their names in order to "trick" baristas into writing the phrase on the cup. He said to use "#MerryChristmasStarbucks" to post photos online.