Josh Duggar: Is Former "19 Kids and Counting" Star Going Home to Wife Anna Duggar for Christmas?

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Josh Duggar has been in a faith-based rehab center in Illinois since August, where he is getting therapy for his "sexual sins." Meanwhile back in Arkansas, wife Anna Duggar is planning a big Christmas for her children. Will Josh Duggar be there or will he spend Christmas at the rehab center, too?

A source close to the Duggar family says not all the 19, as in 19 Kids and Counting, Duggar "kids" will be together on Christmas this year. Obviously Jill Duggar Dillard and her husband will likely stay in El Salvador where they serve as missionaries. It doesn't sound like Josh Duggar will be home for Christmas either.

"[I] have not heard Josh is getting out in time for Christmas. I imagine he still has a lot of issues to work through and it's better he stay there," the source tells Entertainment Tonight. "The Duggars, including Anna and her kids, are planning a big Christmas this year with the whole family together. Regardless of all the negativity that has happened in the past few months, we are going to be positive and celebrate Christmas."

It will likely be difficult for Anna Duggar to explain to her children why their daddy won't be home on what is surely their favorite day of the year.

Anna Duggar has talked about Josh Duggar's betrayal on recent episodes of Jill & Jessa: Counting On.

"I didn't know what to do, I knew we needed help," Anna explained to TLC cameras. "My only hope was to cling to my faith...If I went off of what I was feeling, I would turn a mess into a disaster."

"It was such a betrayal for a spouse to go through what we're walking through," she added. "It was a betrayal for those that call themselves Christian. To vow before God to be loyal to each other, and that loyalty was broken."

Do you expect it's a bit easier for Anna not to have Josh Duggar home for Christmas? Or is it simply another reminder of his betrayal of their marriage vows?

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.