This year, Josh Duggar will spend Thanksgiving in prison. It will be the first of many after his sentencing this spring.
Obviously, that will not be fun for him.
But Josh being in prison where he belongs will also exact a toll on his extended family. Especially during holidays.
What will a Duggar Christmas look like this year while Josh is only beginning to serve his sentence?
Josh is set to serve twelve years behind bars. The Duggar clan is looking at many holidays and milestones without him.
(Not enough, sadly, but at least the little girls won’t have to be around him for the next decade)
Different families have different approaches to missing someone over the holidays. But it sounds like the Duggars can’t quite agree amongst themselves on how to handle this.
RadarOnline reports that there are some serious tensions brewing within the Duggar family.
We’re halfway into November. Of course they’re making plans for next month’s holiday season.
Well … we say “holiday season” because there are more than a dozen holidays in different faiths next month. In their household, that means Christmas and only Christmas, of course.
According to the report, Anna is still keeping her distance from her in-laws as the family makes plans.
She is not alone, either.
Reportedly, Jinger, Jessa, and Jill are all in a similar boat, albeit for different reasons.
“The whole family is in chaos,” the insider alleged, “and fighting.”
While there are many causes for conflict within the Duggar family, Josh’s CSAM conviction and incarceration have taken center stage.
“Most of the siblings can’t bear to be in the same room together,” the source dished.
As we have previously reported, Anna is allegedly contemplating a move to Texas to be close to her disgraced criminal husband.
All indications are that she is “still sore” at his siblings because they spoke against him, both on social media and in court.
“No one’s happy,” the insider characterized the general Duggar vibes at the moment.
Anna has seven children with Josh. She had Baby #7 in October 2021. That now one-year-old was a newborn during Josh’s trial.
Unfortunately, Anna had the poor judgment to stand by Josh during all of this. Not only publicly, but reportedly privately, too.
This has led her to lash out at friends and family. Anna has evil spun wild political conspiracy theories rather than face the truth.
We mentioned that this will be the first Christmas since Josh’s sentencing.
Obviously, Josh’s conviction came just a short time before Christmas 2021. So this is not the family’s first big holiday season since the scandal erupted.
But Josh’s sentencing took place in May. Some things may have settled down in the year since Josh’s conviction. Other things … not so much.
And, of course, Josh is determined to continue his fight to subvert justice. He is filing multiple appeals and requesting multiple extensions.
Many wrongfully convicted or unjustly sentenced prisoners have used this system to make things right.
Josh wants to make things wrong, simply put. He is not enjoying prison. An environment of adult men sounds like the opposite of what he would enjoy, so that’s no surprise.
Many families find that not everyone can get together for various holidays. People live in different cities and they form their own traditions.
But it’s a little different when one person is locked away in prison (where he belongs), and family tensions keep others at bay.
We’re sure that the Duggar clan will still have a big Christmas celebration. But will it really be the same? Never.