Christmas Survival Guide

The “Church” Christmas Card of The Week

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Christmas time is just around the corner. Sorry to point it out, but Christmas is nearly here. Have you brought Christmas Cards yet? If not, can I suggest* this card featuring Exeter Cathedral in a rare wintery moment.

As well as supporting a local Devon photographer, you’d also be helping to keep the Church Sofa running smoothly!

This card is available from redbubble.com

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*When I say suggest, what I mean is that I made a Christmas card**

**And this is a really blatant plug. (I think I’m) Sorry about that***.

***Well… not very sorry…

Facebook Christmas Cover Photo Collection

Every now and then, people find us after doing search for a combination of words that we wouldn’t normally expect. An example of this has been the flood of people search for Facebook Nativity or Facebook Christmas Cover Photos. (Cover photos, are what you find on the top of a Facebook profile)

Well… this has ended up inspiring a random session on Photoshop, which then led to The Church Sofa offering a couple of Christmas Cover Photos a couple of years ago.

I’ve updated the original images to match the up to date measurements for Facebooks Cover Photos

Please feel free to download the below, link back here, and use to your hearts content:

(Left clicking, right clicking, then clicking “Save Image As” should do the trick.)

 

For more images, please see my portfolios over at redbubble and at picfair.com

When Greggs Does Christmas Advent Calendars…

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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.”

Read More here.

Twitter. Has made a few comments, and they’re probably a more entertaining read then the news articles about this…

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.

Or maybe,

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.

Accessorize This Winter With Jesus!

The long winter nights are now here, and it is time for the winter outfits to come out.

For me, this means finger-less gloves,  black scarf, and leather jacket. What about you?

Could there be room for Jesus in your winter wardrobe?

Could you use your winter wardrobe to proclaim your love for Jesus?

Why not consider this Jesus scarf from Amazon?

Might not be the greatest scarf at keeping you warm…

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