‘Counting On’: Does the Duggar Family Celebrate Thanksgiving?

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Counting On fans have been wondering if the Duggars celebrate the secular holiday. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have raised their 19 children in a very conservative setting and usually skip out on things that are not considered religious. So, what do the Duggars do for Thanksgiving?

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Who gets invited to the Duggars house for Thanksgiving?

As Counting On fans are aware, the Duggars follow a strict code of religion and usually do not promote non-religious events. But when it comes to Thanksgiving, the Duggars are all in.

That’s right, the Duggars all gather for Thanksgiving and celebrate the holiday just like most families in America.

According to Romper, they even take things to the next level and invite all of their extended family and friends over for Thanksgiving dinner. Considering how the Duggars have 19 children, their Thanksgiving dinners must be massive.

“When we gather for Thanksgiving Day, we have extended family over as well as friends who aren’t with their family,” Michelle shared.

Michelle added that everyone in the family brings a special plate to share, including her sister, who always makes some peanut butter and chocolate buckeyes for dessert. Speaking of the sweet stuff, the Duggars usually make around 15 pies for Thanksgiving, which is enough to feed a small army.

How the Duggar family celebrates Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving at the Duggars usually starts at one in the afternoon, giving the family enough time to visit and play games before the meal.

Once it is time to eat, everyone gathers at the table and gives thanks. They start with the youngest members of the family and work their way up.

It is great to know that the Duggars celebrate Thanksgiving like most families in the United States, but there are a few secular holidays they do not support.

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This includes Halloween, which the Duggars skip altogether. The family reportedly believes that the holiday is representative of the “demonic realm” and do not participate. Instead, they jump straight to Thanksgiving once the fall hits.

They may miss out on all the candy, but at least it gives them enough time to prepare for their huge Thanksgiving.

Do all the Duggars make it to Thanksgiving

While the majority of the family gathers every year to celebrate Thanksgiving, there have been years when not everyone has been able to make it.

In 2017, for example, Counting On fans were quick to notice that Joy-Anna Duggar and her husband, Austin Forsyth, did not make the dinner.

The Duggars usually post photos of their Thanksgiving gathering on social media, including several group shots. While most of the Duggars made it to Jim Bob and Michelle’s house for dinner that year, Joy-Anna and her husband were not included in any of the photos.

Even the couple’s disgraced son, Josh Duggar, made the group shot, which stirred up a lot of controversy with fans on social media.

Turns out, the two were just celebrating the holiday with his side of the family and reportedly plan on switching between the two families each year.

Will Derick Dillard and Jill Duggar make it to Thanksgiving this year?

Speaking of controversies, Derick Dillard and his wife, Jill Duggar, also made it to her family’s house for Thanksgiving in 2017.

At the time, TLC had fired Jill’s husband from Counting On after he made some controversial remarks on Twitter. This included negative comments towards Jazz Jennings, who is a transgender reality star on the series I Am Jazz.

Jill and her husband were both featured in the group photo that year, sparking a lot of outrage on social media. The two, of course, have not been on the series since his exit.

It is unclear if they will make it to Thanksgiving this year, though there is a good chance they will make a showing. Another couple not expected to make it this year is Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo, who are currently living in Los Angeles.

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have not revealed their plans for Thanksgiving this year, but it will be interesting to see who makes it out. In the meantime, fans can catch new episodes of Counting On Tuesday nights on TLC.