It seems that everyone likes doing an Advent Calendar at the moment. Advent Calendars aren’t just about chocolate and Lego*, but they are also now about Zoella and Greggs. While Zoella has had bad press about the price of her advent calendar, it is how Greggs have chosen to advertise their advent calendar that have got Christians upset.
According to The Guardian:
The bakery chain Greggs has apologised for offending Christians with a nativity scene advert that replaces Jesus with a sausage roll.
The chief executive of the Freedom Association, a rightwing pressure group, claimed the advert was “sick” and that the retailer would “never dare” insult other religions.
The UK Evangelical Alliance strongly criticised the baker, saying it was a gimmick that seemed to be about “manufacturing a scandal to sell baked goods”.
Greggs released the image to promote its £24 advent calendar, which goes on sale next Monday. Its decision to use an image depicting the three wise men gathering round a crib containing a sausage roll sparked criticism from Twitter users and religious groups.
Greggs is not withdrawing the product – its first ever advent calendar – but said in a statement: “We’re really sorry to have caused any offence, this was never our intention.”
Twitter. Has made a few comments, and they’re probably a more entertaining read then the news articles about this…
— Jamie Thompson (@jamiemthompson_) November 15, 2017
How flimsy is your religious belief if it's rocked by a sausage roll? #Greggs
— Hugh Jazz (@ThurstanStHouse) November 15, 2017
Away in a manger no crib for a bed, no little Lord Jesus a savoury snack instead ? #greggs
— Geoff Hubbert (@geoffhubbert) November 15, 2017
— iamwheats (@iamwheats) November 15, 2017
Loving the #Greggs scandal after they replaced baby Jesus with a sausage roll on their advent calendar. To be fair, a Greggs sausage roll does taste like it was entombed in a cave for 3 days and then resurrected. pic.twitter.com/159IQvNrgB
— Killer Stuff (@KitschKiller) November 15, 2017
Well aware I'll be shot down, however I find the #Greggs calendar rather amusing. Also the irony being more 'worship' at the door of Greggs than most churches ….. maybe a sense of humour is needed? ? pic.twitter.com/e1db1lmwWB
— Bolshie Bear (@BolshieBear) November 15, 2017
Should we Christians be offended by a sausage roll? Given that we live in a secular non-religious capitalist society? I think I shall save my energy for being outraged about the Rohingya Muslims and the unspeakable horrors that are happening to them. #justsaying #Greggs
— Lee Battle (@LadyLeeBattle) November 16, 2017
Do Christians need more of a sense of humor?
I really want to write something here that talks about it being a massive publicity stunt, designed to wind people enough to get people talking about Greggs, while also being self aware that is exactly what I am doing. I just don’t know how to phrase it…
Either way, remember. If you do want to get angry about anything over this Christmas Season, please check out the “Burn The Heathens” Checklist.
We should all choose a bit more carefully, what we all get angry about?
*I know. Advent calendars are also about Jesus.
Not sausage rolls.