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The Duggar family has 21 immediate members: Jim Bob, Michelle, and their 19 children. And the family made a name for itself through the enormous number of kids they have; it’s one of the largest families in the United States. But the reason Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have so many children stems from the family’s religious beliefs. And this past Christmas, Jill Duggar defied one major holiday tradition to do something a little different in her own home.

Jessa Duggar with her sister, Jill
Jill Duggar with her sister, Jessa | Jessa Seewald via Instagram

The Duggars are extremely conservative Christians

The Duggar family has said they are devout Baptists, which is a very conservative branch of Christianity. They attend church every week, and devote their entire lives to living for the Lord. The family has plenty of intensely religious rules, which many people have criticized through the years. The women can’t wear short dresses or pants, and the couples can’t fully hug until they’re married (and definitely no kissing or intimacy of any kind). Plus, the women in the family take care of the children while their husbands work, which many people find bizarre these days. With so many rules and traditions, the Duggar children were bound to break a few of them once they went off on their own.

Each Christmas, they hang a sign in their home that reads ‘Happy Birthday Jesus’

Whenever Christmas time rolls around, the Duggars don’t decorate the way most families do. In the United States and other parts of the world, it’s common for families to display a Christmas tree in the main living space of their home. Fir trees were commonly used by Christians for winter festivals, and they also used to hang branches in their homes to remind them that spring is coming. Over time, the Christmas tree became a staple, but Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar feel that Christmas trees have lost their meaning. Instead of a Christmas tree, the family displays several banners honoring Jesus’ birthday. They believe it more directly represents the reason for the season.

But Jill Duggar opted for a tree this year, which defies her family’s tradition

The Duggar children were raised with the expectation that they will carry on their family’s rules. However, Jill Duggar and her husband, Derick Dillard, opted to sway from the Duggar tradition this year. Duggar posted an Instagram photo to her account that showed off her beautiful Christmas tree, and fans were quick to remember that Christmas trees are not allowed in the Duggar family. Duggar did not comment on why she defied tradition and put up a Christmas tree, and we’re not sure how Michelle and Jim Bob reacted when they saw the photo, but everyone quickly noticed Duggar was breaking a major family rule.

Jill Dillard Christmas tree
Jill Dillard’s Christmas tree | Jill Dillard via Instagram

The Duggar children don’t follow all the same rules they did when they lived with their parents

Jill Duggar isn’t the first Duggar to break her parents’ rules. Other Duggars have also swayed from the strictness of their parents, including Jinger Duggar. Jinger was recently photographed wearing pants, which goes against what Michelle allowed her daughters to do growing up (the girls always had to wear skirts). Joy Anna Duggar broke a major rule when her now-husband, Austin Forsyth, first proposed: She gave him a full hug instead of a one-arm hug. The Duggar children have been stepping away from their parents’ intense rules, and Jill Duggar’s Christmas tree is just one more example of the kids being a bit rebellious.

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