It's hot outside, but we're not cross about our buns
IT seems they might make a suitable topic for the Monty Python team's imaginary TV show introduction: "And tonight on Who Cares?"
A once powerful religious symbol throughout Christendom, it seems the hot cross bun is now anybody's business at any time of year.
It seems the fruit buns with the cross on top have been available in some stores since boxing day, giving rise to one observation that "We have so many special occasions now that they aren't special anymore".
Even defenders of the faith say it is perhaps a little bit sad, but is far from the most important issue facing the world or the churches.
"I don't care mate," was one random street response on the issue.
But another response, more traditional, was from a Gympie professional woman who said she keeps her own faith.
"It's only me, but I won't buy them except to eat on Good Friday," she said.
Catholic and Anglican church leaders were philosophical yesterday about the loss of a tradition's significance.
Both St Patrick's priest Pat Cassidy and Anglican minister Kevin Lewis said they were not especially concerned, the buns being a tradition rather than a sacrament.
"I don't worry too much about it," Fr Cassidy said.
"The church no longer controls commerce as it did in the distant past.
"It's life, it can't be changed," he said of the declining significance of the hot cross bun.
"The shops have got to make their quid somehow.
"It's a difficult balancing act we have today".
Rev Lewis expressed surprise, but not dismay at the change.
"For Christians, they are significant because the cross is the Cross of Christ.
"But there may have been pagan origins before that.
"I won't be racing out to buy any, but I do like them.
"If anyone buys me a dozen, I wouldn't throw them away, but it does seem early.
"We've just passed the 12 day of Christmas and Good Friday is not until March 29. Some people must be just itching to eat them".