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The Joy of Christmas, Even On the Go

Christmas has many memories for me – the childhood ones are glowing, happy thoughts of tinsel-decked trees, crisp New England air with the chance of snow, and the delightful anticipation of Christmas morning’s presents.

Now as a working adult living in a Seattle condo, I enjoy the milder Northwestern winters and have a small tree that isn’t any higher than my waist – but I still love the season, especially since I can now enjoy a cup of spiced eggnog or mulled wine with my holiday dinners.

There’s only one aspect of the holidays that has been a major downgrade from when I was a child, and that can be summed up in a single word: travel. With my entire family living on the other side of the country, I inevitably get on a plane every year right in the heart of the busiest travel season. I’ve encountered every conceivable delay: snow storms, plane trouble, inexplicably canceled flights, missed connections and on and on.

I’ve spent the night in an airport more times than I care to recall. Knowing that I will inevitably end up wandering around an airport late at night, somewhere in the middle of the country, exhausted and trying to kill a few hours until my next flight is a daunting part of the holiday season.

This year, I’m preparing myself before I head to the airport – by stashing packets of Starbucks VIA® Christmas Blend in my carry-on. Anywhere I can find a cup of hot water, any time of day or night, I’ll be able to make myself a spicy, seasonal cup to brighten up my trip.

I’ve been a fan of our Christmas Blend for a long time for its earthy, full-bodied taste – and the ability to carry it with me in instant form will brighten up the one dark spot in my holiday season. And I’ll be sure to pack a little extra to share the joy with my family as well.

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    • merrychristmas@christmas
    • 12/3/2010 5:48 PM

    Merry Merry Christmas to start with to all:)I love your coffee a lot and have been a very loyal customer ...........I do have a serious issue with you when it comes to your ignorant policy of not stating it clear when it comes to Christmas by not saying Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!This is America The Nation with christmas trees in it's households.......Scratch your head and change your policy........we dont care to say happy holidays.pls.enough with this and post Merry Christmas...thx2u

    • MisterPlano
    • 12/5/2010 12:23 PM

    How about flavored coffee sweetened with Splenda for those of us who must avoid sugar? Or simply flavored coffee with no sweetener, and I'll add my own sugar substitute. A lot of us baby-boomers are type-2 diabetics and should avoid sugar.

    • ditzydog
    • 12/6/2010 9:13 AM

    To MisterPlano: The Christmas Blend is not pre-sweetened, but you can add Splenda if desired. I'm also a Type 2 diabetic and thought this wonderful microground coffee was a lifesaver during Thanksgiving when visiting relatives. They did not have an adequate coffee maker, so I was able to quickly brew a cup in the microwave. And I plan to give each one of my "Starbucks Sisters" a box for Christmas :)

    • admin admin
    • 12/16/2010 8:49 AM

    ditzydog has it right the VIA Christmas Blend is not sweetened.

    • jimmyjohn1044
    • 2/8/2011 1:46 PM

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    • hlaverdi
    • 2/13/2011 12:51 AM

    The Christmas Blend Via was AWESOME! I can't find it anywhere though. How about bring it back? Keeping it around, year round. I just hate when all the stores run out of that blend after the holidays. Or at least making it available online? Come on, throw us dogs a biscuit!

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