‘Counting On’ Alum Jill Duggar Reveals She Didn’t Really Watch Christmas Movies as a Kid

Jill Duggar recently took to Instagram to share how her family is getting in the holiday spirit this year. The Counting On alum also revealed some details about what Christmas was like in the Duggar family house when she was growing up.

The one-time reality TV star made it clear that Christmas movies weren’t a big deal in her family when she was little. But she’s not necessarily sticking with her family’s unique holiday traditions when it comes to her own children. 

Jill Duggar and her kids are watching ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ and other Christmas favorites

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In her Dec. 13 Instagram post, Jill shared that her two kids, Sam and Israel, were getting ready for the upcoming holiday by watching some classic holiday flicks. 

“Christmas Movie time!” she wrote, adding that her kids were watching Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. She also shared that her sons love Frosty the Snowman

“What are your favorites?” she asked. “One of my faves is the movie The Nativity Story,” she said, referring to the 2006 movie starring Keisha Castle-Hughes as Mary and Oscar Isaac as Joseph.

Jill Duggar says she and her ‘19 Kids and Counting’ siblings didn’t watch many Christmas movies 

Jill Duggar & Derick Dillard
Jill Duggar and her husband Derick Dillard in 2014 | D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra

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Many of Jill’s social media followers responded to her post by sharing their own preferred holiday movies. But one person wanted to know about Jill’s own childhood favorites, asking her: “Did you watch Christmas movies growing up?” 

“Not really since we didn’t have a TV,” she replied. “I did see a few though,” she added. 

A ban on Rudolph and Frosty wasn’t the only way a Duggar Christmas was different from what many people experience. Instead of putting up a big tree, the family hung a ‘Happy Birthday, Jesus’ banner. Nor were there any visits from Santa, and presents for the kids might consist of personalized goody bags filled with treats like chips and pickles.

The Duggars did watch some wholesome TV shows and movies

Bambi poster with Flower and Thumper
Bambi | LMPC via Getty Images

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The news that Jill likely didn’t want Christmas classics such as Rudolph, Frosty, and Charlie Brown won’t come as a huge surprise to those who closely follow the Duggar family. Jill’s conservative parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar generally didn’t let their kids watch television.

“We are very selective about what we watch. We actually don’t watch broadcast TV,” Jim Bob told the Huffington Post in 2011.

While the Duggars didn’t regularly sit down in front of the TV when Jill was growing up, they did sometimes watch “wholesome” programs like The Andy Griffith Show on DVD. The Disney movie Bambi and the original version of Cheaper By the Dozen, were also approved viewing for family movie nights, Michelle revealed in a 2012 blog post. It sounds like the occasional Christmas movie made it into the rotation as well. 

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