The ultra-conservative Duggar family celebrates Christmas in their own way, and while some of their traditions seem a bit odd, others seem close to human. It shouldn’t be a surprise that the famous reality family goes all out to celebrate Jesus’ birthday, and keeping the Christ in Christmas is their number one priority.
According to In Touch Weekly, the most important thing during the holiday for the Duggars is to make Jesus the reason for the season. And, while that is the case for many Christians, the stars of 19 Kids & Counting and the spinoff Counting On get a bit aggressive with it. Jim Bob and Michelle’s house is turned into the site of a huge Jesus birthday bash and is covered in nativity scenes and birthday banners, while the family sings Happy Birthday. And, the day wouldn’t be complete without Jim Bob reading the story of the first Christmas from the Bible’s Gospel of Luke.
Of course, Santa Clause has no place in the Duggar house, and last year Derick Dillard – Jill Duggar’s husband – even went so far as to rudely tweet that Santa wasn’t real.
But, even without Santa, the Duggars do exchange gifts, and there is a system to the process. During Thanksgiving, the children exchange names – older kids with other older kids, and the younger kids with other younger kids – and the parents also get gifts for their large brood, including personalized bags given out on Christmas Eve filled with Pringles chips, beef jerky, and pickles.
Michelle explained that each kid likes all those things, but everyone has their own flavor preferences. So, during Christmas, they each get their favorite flavor of their favorite treats.
Giving to others is also a big part of the holiday for the Duggar clan, and each year they put together gift baskets for first responders and the less fortunate. They fill the baskets with items like fruits, mugs, candy, and tissues.
The gigantic family does not have a Christmas tree, but that wasn’t always the case. When the kids were younger, the family did have a big tree, but it consistently got knocked over.
Romper reports that like the majority of families, food is a huge part of their annual celebration. Michelle wrote in a blog post that baking cookies and pies is an activity the family enjoys together. It takes at least 15 pies each Christmas to feed the entire Duggar family.