I do NOT condone Christmas coming early. I just don’t.
But I also do not condone the pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks. It’s gross. But you already knew I thought that.
I DO CONDONE the gingerbread latte though. And it’s finally here. And I’m okay with it.
Not in the mood for my standard bagel and cream cheese this morning I popped in to Starbucks to get a piece of banana chocolate chip cake. Yum! I saw everyone leaving with their red cups. My roommate told me yesterday (when we were eagerly anticipating the arrival of the holiday blends after a tip off from her sister) that nay–it was red cups only and no blends. This, however, was a different Starbucks. So I gave it a shot.
Me: Do you have the holiday blends yet? Like the gingerbread latte?
Barista: Yeah, we do.
Me (surpressing my inner glee): Can I get a tall half-caff gingerbread latte please?
And as I trotted to the pickup counter, baked goods in hand, I looked up at the chalkboard announcing the arrival of my beloved latte (which, by the way, is the only coffee I drink anymore) and what did I see?
What the crap is that? Sure, sure, they are technically the same thing…I guess but you can’t change the name on me like that. Then, as I waited patiently for my whipped cream application, the barista looked at me and asked:
B: Do you want these? We’re supposed to put them on the drink.
Me: Uh, what is that?
B: I don’t know, I just got back to work. (Looks at bottle.) It’s ginger.
Me: Uh…no, no, leave that off.
I don’t want some weird ginger crystal on my drink. If anything, I’d like a little more whipped cream. But this…this is just wrong. Changing the name and adding stuff?
But as I took my first warm sip of deliciousness I forgot all about that.
I forgot that it’s November 5th and I won’t even allow Christmas music until Thanksgiving. I forgot that I won’t be able to venture into mid-town until probably January b/c of the obnoxious tourist invasion. And I forgot that I don’t condone Christmas coming early.
After all, I’m sure you could make gingerbread for Thanksgiving, right?