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With the festive holiday season looking increasingly under threat thanks to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, people are looking for anything that will give their Christmas the slightest semblance of normality, and there's no Christmas without the Greggs festive bake, right? Right?
After first announcing the date way back in August, Greggs started upping the ante by posting an image of the delicious pastry-cased treat across their socials on 22 October, captioned simply with the words 'two weeks' and instantly causing widespread excitement across the nation.
The bakery chain followed up their initial announcement with a tweet posted on 29 October, which said: "I'm not extra but if you see me ordering 17 Festive Bakes next Thursday idk what to tell you."
I'm not extra but if you see me ordering 17 Festive Bakes next Thursday idk what to tell you- Greggs (@GreggsOfficial) October 29, 2020
For those who somehow haven't come across this most festive of treats (seriously, what have you been doing each year?), the festive bake contains a filling made from pieces of chicken breast, sage and onion stuffing and sweetcure bacon.
It's all mixed in a creamy sage and cranberry sauce and is then wrapped in golden puff pastry with a crunchy crumb topping.
Of course, back in August - and even last week - the chain was presuming that it would be able to sell the festive bake in-store.
However, last weekend's announcement of a new national lockdown means that - in England at least - those wishing to devour one or six of them will have to have them as takeaway or delivery until at least 2 December.
Still, the good news for those who feel the festive bake is never around for long enough is that it's coming out a whole two days earlier than it did in 2019 - that's an extra 48 hours to cram as much mushed up chicken, stuffing and cranberry sauce into your mouths as possible.
Some still feel that's not enough time; one Twitter user asked: "Are these going to be available in Iceland? I want one in JUNE."
Others posted screenshots of reminders they've put on their phone for the launch date, while one social media user went so far as to say: "I'm confident the festive bake will save 2020." Anything's possible!
Another key question that's been popping up has been whether there'll be a vegan festive bake, given the bakery's success with vegan sausage rolls and steak bakes recently.
It's not something Greggs has confirmed, however, and with only a couple of days now until the launch, it looks like vegans may have to sadly miss out on this Christmas staple.
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