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This year may have been a bit of a weird one (alright, that's putting it lightly), but at least there's one thing that will always be there for you, and that's Greggs.
While many of the calendar year's events and milestones have been a bit up in the air because of the pandemic, the baker has confirmed that everyone's favourite treat - the mighty Festive Bake - will be returning on Thursday 5 November.
Sure, your birthday plans may have been scuppered and that holiday you hoped for might be dead in the water, but at least your favourite pastry won't be going anywhere - which is good, as it's as close to a hug as you're going to get these days.
Tweeting the news yesterday, Greggs wrote: "If anything can save 2020, it's the Festive Bake #79Days."
While some Twitter users moaned that it was too early to be thinking about anything Christmassy in August, others cheekily begged Greggs to bring the release forward.
One commented: "Personally I think you should bring them out early this year. Hate having to wait a year for them. Best thing since sliced bread."
Another suggested: "I think to enhance national morale and to encourage a feeling of unity and solidarity you need to bring the release forward - the chancellor should give everyone a FB code to receive 1 free bake ... and we will gorge ourselves on its deliciousness and forget the perils facing us."
Someone else shared a handy tip for getting the Festive Bakes out of season, writing: "I stocked up on festive bakes when they were in Iceland, which means while Greggs aren't currently selling them in bakers, I can still have a festive bake any time I want. What a strategy."
Obviously we don't normally condone stockpiling after all the ruckus earlier this year, but perhaps getting a box or two in the freezer *just in case* won't be a bad call.
The iconic bake combines pieces of chicken breast, sage and onion stuffing and sweetcure bacon in a creamy sage and cranberry sauce, all encased in golden puff pastry with a crunchy crumb topping.
It returns annually to get us all in the festive spirit, though something tells us it'll be working extra hard to spread the Christmas joy after a bit of a rollercoaster of a year.
And after going without a Greggs fix earlier this year, you can probably justify making up for lost time come November.
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