Starbucks' reusable holiday cups have arrived! Here's how to get one for free.

While the nation alternately reels and relishes in the political upheavals of yesterday's elections, America's largest coffee chain is dropping a little simple joy into our day. Hallelujah.

Starbucks has just revealed its annual holiday cup designs—a seemingly benign move that has resulted in several silly controversies in years past. (Who knew that a simple red cup could piss people off so badly?) This year, the reusable red cup includes a cute, celebratory "MERRY COFFEE" design, which will still undoubtedly get under some people's skin. ("Why doesn't it say 'Merry CHRISTMAS?!?!' Oh, the blasphemy!!!")


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It's fun. It's festive. It's full of life-giving coffee. What's not to love?

Oh, and also? It's FREE—but just for one day, so mark your calendars and set a reminder, fellow coffee lovers.

Tomorrow, November 7th, Starbucks will be giving customers who order a holiday beverage at participating stores in the United States and Canada a free, limited-edition, reusable red cup. While supplies last, of course.

A "holiday beverage" includes the following drinks:

  • Caramel Brulée Latte
  • Chestnut Praline Latte
  • Eggnog Latte
  • Gingerbread Latte (available in Canada only—But whyyyy, Starbucks?)
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Peppermint Hot Chocolate
  • Peppermint Mocha
  • Pumpkin Spice Latte
  • Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate
  • Salted Caramel Mocha
  • Toasted White Chocolate Mocha (available in the United States only—sorry, Canadians).

So no cheap drip coffee or cheating with an Americano to get the free cup, folks. By Starbucks decree, you gotta go for the over-the-top, creamy, winter-spiced, sugary goodness if you want the holiday cup included.

And if the red "Merry Coffee" design doesn't quite float your boat, there are other holiday cup designs available as well, including a frosty "Merry Coffee"on a white background, a cute polka-dot design, some fun candy cane stripes, and simple white text on a green background. (Full disclosure: None of them say "Christmas" or even "Holiday," so plenty of opportunity to be offended if that's your thing.)

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Best of luck as you brave the caffeine-dependent masses to grab your free cup tomorrow! Merry Coffee, everyone.

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In 1945, the world had just endured the bloodiest war in history. World leaders were determined to not repeat the mistakes of the past. They wanted to build a better future, one free from the "scourge of war" so they signed the UN Charter — creating a global organization of nations that could deter and repel aggressors, mediate conflicts and broker armistices, and ensure collective progress.

Over the following 75 years, the UN played an essential role in preventing, mitigating or resolving conflicts all over the world. It faced new challenges and new threats — including the spread of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction, a Cold War and brutal civil wars, transnational terrorism and genocides. Today, the UN faces new tensions: shifting and more hostile geopolitics, digital weaponization, a global pandemic, and more.

This slideshow shows how the UN has worked to build peace and security around the world:

1 / 12

Malians wait in line at a free clinic run by the UN Multidimensional Integrated Mission in Mali in 2014. Over their 75 year history, UN peacekeepers have deployed around the world in military and nonmilitary roles as they work towards human security and peace. Here's a look back at their history.

Photo credit: UN Photo/Marco Dormino

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