These darn cups have created problems. Quickly, Starbucks says, "Want a free one?"

These darn cups have created problems. Quickly, Starbucks says, "Want a free one?"

Starbucks all over the country are slinging buy one, get one free holiday drinks now through Nov. 15. 

Nothing says "Merry Christmas" like a half-price peppermint mocha?

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There's no indication that this cheery holiday gift has anything to do, necessarily, with the Red Cup Debacle. A big story around the country this week -- or maybe it's a non-story, depending on whom you ask -- is that Starbucks' new holiday red cups don't have any Christmas symbolism on them.

In previous years, the cups had snowflakes or reindeer. "Because those totally said birth of Jesus, right?" says Washington Post writer Petula Dvorak. (She's kidding.) CNBC says stories related to the topic have gotten 9.2 million views, according to Google.

Say it with them: "That's a lot of free publicity." 

Free is the key word here. And it's why we're telling you about the buy one, get one deal this weekend at Starbucks. 

It's buy one, get one free 2-5 p.m. through Nov. 15 for holiday drinks only: chestnut praline, peppermint mocha and caramel brûlée.

Starbucks even has cute GIFs you can save and share with friends. It's like that friend who pretends you're not mad at them. It's maddening:

Whether this is a war on Christmas, one thing's for sure: Starbucks wins.

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