‘Counting On’: The Duggars Always Do This 1 Thing on Thanksgiving

by Jeremy Spirogis
Members of the Duggar family at the dining table

When it involves holidays, the Duggars do issues slightly in a different way. The Counting On household has Christmas with out Santa and doesn’t have a good time Halloween at (although a few of the youngsters have bent the principles a bit lately). At Easter (aka “Resurrection Sunday” within the Duggar family), they eat Yellow Pocket Angel Eggs reasonably than deviled eggs. But Thanksgiving is a vacation the place they preserve issues fairly conventional by gathering, like many different Americans, with household and pals to eat an enormous meal. Every yr, the Duggars additionally make certain to stay to a particular custom — one that you could be observe with your personal household.

The Duggars observe this frequent Thanksgiving custom 

Members of the Duggar family at the dining table
Members of the Duggar household at their dwelling in Tontitown, Arkansas | FOX News Channel by way of Getty Images

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Food, household, and pumpkin pie are all current on the Duggar’s Thanksgiving celebration, mother Michelle Duggar revealed in a 2012 weblog post on the household’s web site. But earlier than sitting all the way down to turkey, they make certain to recollect the that means of the vacation and share one thing they’re grateful for. 

“One of the things that we always do before we get around the table is to gather together in the living room to give thanks for that year, for the past and all of the things that we have to be thankful for,” Michelle shared. “Each person gets a turn. We usually start with the youngest because it’s easier for them to go first. By the time it gets around to the older ones, it gets a little harder because we each try to say something different.”

The mother of 19 defined that sharing phrases of gratitude provides them an opportunity to “remember all of the important parts of our lives.” 

“We’ll say thanks for our meal and enjoy the food and company together,” she added. “The important memories at Thanksgiving are of being together and having a time of gratefulness.” 

The ‘Counting On’ household often hosts dozen of individuals 

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In her weblog post, Michelle revealed that the household would usually host between 25 and 45 folks all through the day, although they won’t all keep for Thanksgiving dinner. That included prolonged household and different visitors who couldn’t spend the day with their very own household. 

Of course, that was again in 2012, when Josh Duggar was the one Duggar child who was married with youngsters of his personal. Since then, the household has grown significantly. Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar now have a complete of eight daughters- and sons-in-law, plus practically 20 grandkids. Not all these youngsters and grandkids spend Thanksgiving with the Duggars, however even with some folks lacking, it’s sure to be fairly a crowd.

This yr, well being consultants are advising folks to restrict the dimensions of their vacation gatherings to stop the unfold of the coronavirus (COVID-19). That might be a problem for the Duggars, on condition that their celebration final yr appeared to have included dozens of visitors, primarily based on images shared to the household’s Instagram.  

The Duggar’s Thanksgiving menu 

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When it involves the Thanksgiving meal, the Duggars stick with the classics. In addition to turkey, yeast rolls and the household’s “ultimate favorite holiday dessert” pumpkin pie are on the menu. The household additionally serves inexperienced bean casserole, corn, candy potatoes topped with marshmallows, and salad, primarily based on images from final yr’s vacation shared on Instagram. 

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