For families all over the world, Christmas is a time of giving and showing your appreciation to your loved ones via gifts. But, when you have a family with 19 kids, things can get a little difficult. But, the Duggar family – stars of 19 Kids & Counting and the spinoff Counting On – have gotten the tradition of gift exchange down to a science. However, that’s not the only thing the conservative family does in their own creative way.
According to Romper, the Duggars do celebrate Christmas on December 25th, but Santa has no part in it. Instead, it is a party for Jesus’ birthday. And, as In Touch Weekly reports, they replace many Christmas carols with birthday songs and the family hangs banners that say, “Happy Birthday Jesus!” all over the house.
When it comes to gifts, the older kids get the name of another older sibling (and vice versa), so they only have to buy one present. Of course, parents Jim Bob and Michelle buy presents for all the children.
Each child also receives his or her own unique gift bag filled with chips, pickles, and beef jerky. Michelle explained to Focus on the Family that each child likes those things, but they all like different flavors. So, this is the one time of year that every kid gets their favorites.
The family also likes to give gifts to others, with one of their traditions being to give out gift bags to neighbors and first responders filled with mugs, fruit, candy, and a Bible.
Back in 2013, Michelle wrote on a TLC blog that one of the things they do differently during their Christmas celebration is to leave out Santa Claus. She revealed that early in their marriage, she and Jim Bob decided to focus on the real meaning of Christmas instead of focusing on Santa.
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She went on to write that they do share with their kids the history of Saint Nicholas, but they do not sensationalize him. Their goal is to make Christmas Christ’s day and make it a celebration of Jesus being born.
They also don’t decorate a giant tree to put their gifts under, because they don’t want any distractions from Jesus’ birthday celebration. Instead, they have a small, fake evergreen as part of the decorations.
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But, this wasn’t always the case. Josh Duggar shared that when he was little, they did have a giant tree, but it always got knocked over.
Finally, feeding an army of children and their families can be quite the task during the holidays. The Duggar family lines up for the traditional meal of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, and their beloved homemade rolls. Of course, the meal wouldn’t be complete without a variety of pies for dessert.