It seems every year, the Christmas season begins earlier.
So it only makes sense that the "War on Christmas" should begin earlier, too. Over the weekend, hundreds of Christians on the internet professed their displeasure at the new Starbucks holiday coffee cup because it is devoid of anything relating to the real reason for the season, Jesus Christ.
Local residents probably didn't notice, since, despite the numerous times I have mentioned it to the appropriate people, Chickasha remains without a Starbucks. But this season's holiday cup is a simple red-colored vessel with the company logo on the outside.
This did not sit well with Joshua Feuerstein, who is credited with angrily trying to fuel a way around Starbucks' so blatant dismissal of the Christmas season. Feuerstein, who himself looks like he could use one or two less sugary syrup-filled pumpkin spice lattes, posted a video that has been viewed by millions of people asking them to "prank" the coffee company.
His request is that people tell the baristas serving the coffee that their name is "Merry Christmas" so they will both have to write it on the cup and say it out loud when the drink is ready.
Because that's exactly how you fight back against a company you feel is in the wrong; by continuing to buy their product and giving them more money.
Now, it is worth mentioning that several other Christians have provided their own backlash to this entire saga. Probably because, like most of us, they don't often look for religious or spiritual inspiration from a cup of coffee.
But the outrage doesn't even make sense from a Christian perspective. Do you know what was on Starbucks coffee cups before? Snowflakes, ornaments, and nature scenes.
It's not like Starbucks had a bunch of cups with scripture written up and down them and the company decided to plant a black 'X' over all of them. I guess the same people upset over secular holiday images being taken away also do not put up a Christmas tree at their house, nor do they decorate it in lights because neither of those things have anything to do with the birth of Jesus.
We shouldn't be surprised, though; it's very clear this line of thinking, that when something changes or doesn't go your way it means the world is against you, is more prevalent than first thought.
Even the current frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination abides by it.
Last Friday night, Dr. Ben Carson held a bizarre and angry press conference in the wake of revelations surrounding his memoir. It details his rags to riches story, which I must admit is very good and should provide inspiration to many who feel like they are helpless in the throngs of poverty.
However, it also apparently embellishes at the part where Carson talks about his potential military career. Carson writes that he was offered a "scholarship" to attend West Point, which is, of course, impossible.
You must get a recommendation from a Senator, then interview, and if you get in, the schooling is free for everyone. Apparently, Carson was asked to be interviewed, but turned it down to become a neurosurgeon.
And yet somehow, by pointing out the discrepancies in a memoir, which is a document designed to share a person's story with other people in hopes they might find it interesting or uplifting, that signifies media bias.
If Ben Carson can't endure this spotlight now, how in the world is he supposed to take the hottest seat in the world that sits in the Oval Office? Everyone gets vetted, and Carson's time arrived when he became the frontrunner in the GOP race.
For Hillary Clinton, it's e-mails and Benghazi, which have been covered heavily. If they haven't been covered, then how is it that I know you know exactly what I'm talking about?
We only need two words for Barack Obama's vetting process in the 2008 campaign cycle: Jeremiah Wright. If you don't remember, go look it up. There are hundreds of stories about his connections with that seemingly insane human being.
For both Obama and Clinton, you can find many of these stories in the New York Times, hardly a bastion of conservativism.
All we got out of Carson's press conference and the subsequent moaning by the hard-right media (which does exist) is that, once again, people hate it when things just don't go their way.
Next week, no one who ever planned on voting for Carson in the first place will remember this little episode. Yet because facts were presented that showed the GOP frontrunner in anything other than a glimmering beam of sunshine and hope, suddenly the world is against them.
It's the same in the Starbucks coffee cup caper. In a statement during the midst of the outrage, the company's VP of design, Jeffrey Fields, said the design reflects "the simplicity and the quietness" of stopping into the popular chain during the holidays for a relaxing break.
That's pretty popular in places where Starbucks exists. But that reality won't be enough for the people who believe that, despite the cup still being red and green, Starbucks is trying to kill Christmas.
No one likes a victim. Perhaps if Carson is so inclined, he can also go to his local Starbucks, order a drink in his red holiday coffee cup and tell the barista his name is "President Merry Christmas."