It has now been a year since Jill Duggar and her husband, Derick Dillard, parted ways with TLC and her family’s reality show, Counting On. And the young couple does continue to rebel against her fundamentalist parents and break the strict rules.
According to The Hollywood Gossip, Duggar let her sons, Israel and Samuel, watch a secular Christmas movie during a “date night” with their mom, while Dillard was studying for finals. Duggar shared a video of her and her boys getting ready to make some popcorn for the evening. Even though she looked excited about their plans, Israel and Samuel didn’t appear to be into it.
The little ones did have some good excuses. Israel appeared to have just woken up from a nap, and baby Samuel was being the baby that he is and rolling around on the kitchen floor. However, as soon as Duggar announced that they would be watching All I Want For Christmas Is You, Israel’s interest piqued.
The 3-year-old started to get impatient for the movie to start, but Duggar tells him that they have to make the popcorn first. Meanwhile, Samuel continued to seem pretty indifferent, but he is just a baby.
The interesting thing about Duggar’s choice of movie for her boys is that it is a film based on the classic Mariah Carey song.
In the movie, a young girl wants a puppy for Christmas, but her parents aren’t convinced that she should have one. So, they agree to let their daughter puppy-sit a dog named Jack. And, if she can take care of the dog, then she can have one of her own.
This secular premise has nothing to do with Jesus. And, it breaks Jim Bob Duggar’s rule that the family can’t consumer secular entertainment. He doesn’t allow his kids to watch any movies or TV shows that aren’t Christian-based.
This isn’t the first time that Duggar has allowed her boys to watch non-Christian entertainment. She has allowed them to watch the popular cartoon Peppa Pig. So, it looks like Duggar and Dillard are opening up their children to different experiences.
Also in the posted video, Duggar explained that her husband was at a coffee shop and studying for his law school exams. Since Dillard started law school in the fall, fans have noticed that he has left his wife to parent alone. And, they have also voiced their concerns about Dillard becoming the opposite of a civil rights attorney.
Since Dillard is in school, and the couple no longer has Counting On income, Duggar is doing everything she can to save money. She recently confessed that she is relying on hand-me-downs from her sisters to limit her spending.
New episodes of Counting On – without Jill Duggar and her controversial husband – will return to TLC in 2019.