Greggs apologises for campaign replacing Jesus with a sausage roll

Greggs has apologised for replacing baby Jesus with a sausage roll

Greggs has apologised for replacing baby Jesus with a sausage roll

Instead there are tokens which can be redeemed inside any of the 1,700 Greggs stores across the United Kingdom, with the chain saying the limited-edition calendar is actually worth between £35 and £60.

Greggs has issued an apology after they released an advent calendar which shows a sausage roll in a manger instead of the baby Jesus.

We're really sorry to have caused any offence, this was never our intention'.

The calendar contains a tear-off token behind each door that can be taken into Greggs' shops and exchanged for a different treat every day in December, including the Festive Bake, flavoured lattes, sweet mince pie and (or course) a sausage roll.

On Christmas Eve, a £5 gift card sits behind door 24 - but some lucky customers will find a surprise £25 gift card.

The £24 calendar is pricey for Greggs, which is known for its cheap treats, but the chain says that the contents are worth between £35 and £60. The calendars will go on sale on Monday, November 20 including at the firm's branch in The Moor, Sheffield.

As well as the vouchers, each window also features a Greggs-themed Christmas scene, such as a Festive Bake being kissed under the mistletoe, and shepherds visiting a sausage roll in a manger, rather than the baby Jesus.