As a family of 19 (more, when you count in-laws, grandkids and other relatives), the Duggars could very easily turn Christmas into a frenzy of marathon mall trips, elaborate decorating and presents stacked to the ceiling.
But that’s just not their style. As mom Michelle explains in her weekly blog for TLC, they’re all about The Reason for the Season, and their holiday celebrating reflects that. For them, Christmas is a time to rejoice in the birth of their Savior and to put his teachings into practice.
They start by hanging a “Happy Birthday” banner in their home and follow up with a Nativity play that the kids put on for the family’s entertainment. “They’ll get all the sheets in my cabinet and pretend to be Joseph and Mary,” writes Michelle. In years when there are no young Duggars in the house small enough to play the Holy Infant, a baby doll makes a good substitute.
Rather than running around to find just the right gifts for everyone, the family spends the weeks before Christmas volunteering at soup kitchens and traveling to El Salvador to distribute food and toys to rural villagers. “In our home, the focus of the season is not on getting, but what we can give to the less fortunate,” says Michelle.
Okay, we might not want to be like the Duggars in most aspects. Not everyone has the energy or money to produce and raise a boatload of children. We might rebel at the idea of wearing ultra-modest clothing and letting our husbands make all the major decisions in the house.
But taking the emphasis off commercialism and putting it on family and charity – especially considering all the devastation and heartache we’ve endured as a nation in the last few months? That’s something we’d all do well to emulate.
A very Duggar Christmas to all!
[Photo: via TLC]
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