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Greggs Just Apologised For Replacing Baby Jesus With A Sausage Roll In An Advent Calendar

There's outrage, and then there's religious sausage roll outrage.

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Some people have for many years complained that the true spirit of Christmas is being eroded by commercialism.

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Just to underline that maybe they have a point, this is a shot from an advent calendar available to buy from high street baker Greggs.

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As sure as night follows day, it didn't take long for people to become angry about it on the internet.

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This only intensified after local media spotted it.

Today on What Cheered Natalie Up A Bit: Man gets angry at local newspaper because they photoshop a sausage roll ove… https://t.co/cCm8vFXjeI

Some wondered whether it was in fact an honest mistake.

Greggs Marketing HQ exec 1: OK. So we've got the 3 wise men but no baby Jesus. exec 2: Just put a sausage roll in… https://t.co/QoKYESCJd6

Others said they could actually get used to this change to the Nativity story.

Petition to officially change baby Jesus to a sausage roll in all depictions from now on

the greatest art is rarely appreciated in its own time https://t.co/eoDRqrsVVm

A more pertinent question: Why not a steak bake?

Greggs biggest mistake was that they used a sausage roll and not a steak bake. Or at the very least, a cheese and b… https://t.co/xm0clVQmlJ

Meanwhile, few appear to have noticed the calendar itself costs £24.

IT'S ALL GOING TO BE OKAY, FOLKS. @GreggsOfficial has launched Advent Calendar. £24. Each door reveals token to red… https://t.co/mgAHzax6WN

Greggs said in a statement: "We’re really sorry to have caused any offence, this was never our intention."

Patrick Smith is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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