A new advent calendar has been released by Greggs that has left people asking if it’s appropriate to replace Jesus with a sausage roll.
Of all things!
Throughout the calendaar there are festive pictures such as sweet pastries hanging from a Christmas tree and a scene from the nativity.
The son of God is nowhere to be seen in the manger, instead there is a sausage roll surrounded by three wisemen who we hope are called sausage, beans and cheese melt.
On Twitter, Beth Rosenberg said: ‘Out of interest do you think the people at Greggs understand that Jesus was Jewish and serving up a pork sausage roll in the manger is unbelievably inappropriate?’
While James Mather said: ‘I’m no prude, but equating Jesus, a Jew, to a sausage roll really is deeply offensive on all sorts of levels.’
Although food writer Jay Rayner was quick to mock any outrage, tweeting: ‘This is appalling… this is outrageous… as a Jew I strongly… ooh, Greggs sausage roll.’
Which, in turn prompted a flurry of pastry related puns, such as ‘Jesus Crust, our savoury’ and ‘Away in Pret A Manger’.
On the release of their first advent calendar, a Greggs spokesperson said: ‘Novelty advent calendars have been around for years, so we thought it was time to take the concept up a notch.’
AntiSemitism UK declined to comment.