A Bakery Excitedly Posted Its Christmas Ad - Christians Are Furious

The Christmas season is upon us and stores have been gearing up for this moment all year. For some stores, though, Christmas isn't about religion, it's about marketing. One bakery is the first to stir up complaints this holiday season when they replaced the Baby Jesus with a sausage roll.

Greggs, a British bakery chain, released photos on its social media page on Monday to promote the season of Advent, the month of preparation for Christmas as observed by many Christians. One of the images featured a nativity scene, complete with wise men surrounding a manger. Instead of a baby Jesus in the manger, though, there was a sausage roll at which they were marveling.

A number of Christian customers were quickly worked up into an uproar upon seeing the advertisement. It was called by one person a 'sick anti-Christian advent calendar'. Calls for boycotts of the company started being spread through social media.

"Please boycott @GreggsOfficial to protest against its sick anti-Christian Advent Calendar. What cowards these people are: we all know that they would never dare insult other religions!" said Twitter user Simon Richards.

The company apologized after they received backlash over their advertising campaign and said they never meant to offend anyone. "We’re really sorry to have caused any offence, this was never our intention," read a message.

The company still plans to offer the $32 sausage roll in their advent calendar throughout the Christmas season, though they'll be using another photo of it. The bakery likes to use humor in advertising.

"There would be an absolute outcry if a satire of any other Faith was printed as a advert gimmick in this way. Please respect all faiths equally!" tweeted another person.

“I’m glad Christians kicked off and Greggs apologized. No other religion would stand for that nonsense," said another.

Many customers felt an apology wasn't enough, and suggested that the company donate its profits to a Christian charity.

Not everyone was offended by the sausage roll replacing the Christian savior. Some thought the image was funny.

“Don't see any problem with what Greggs have done, seeing as Jesus backwards is sausage,” someone tweeted.

“Ah Jesus Greggs advent calendar is making ma heart as warm as the sausage and bean melt on Christmas day better be," said another.

"Greggs says sorry after advent calendar replaces baby Jesus with a sausage roll. Altogether now...OH CRUMB ALL YE FAITHFUL,” another clever user punned.

Greggs has a new post featuring the sausage roll in Santa's bag. "24 days of Greggs? Ho ho HECK YES. Pick up our advent calendar in selected shops from 20th Nov and countdown to the big day in style!" the Facebook post read with a picture of their new calendar.

The calendar says 'Merry Greggsmas'. They may want to re-think that, too. Other retailers have learned from experience that omitting the word 'Christmas' from your holiday advertisements will land you in hot water these days.

Source: Fox News
Photo: Greggs, Twitter

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