Anna Duggar 'Planning Big Christmas,' Source Says, But Will Josh Make an Appearance?

by Antoinette Bueno 7:07 AM PST, December 23, 2015
Playing Anna Duggar 'Planning Big Christmas,' Source Says, But Will Josh Make an Appearance?

It appears Josh Duggar will not be home for the holidays.

A source in the Duggar family tells ET that the embattled 27-year-old will most likely stay at the faith-based rehab center in Illinois that he's been in since August during Christmas, even though his famous family is planning a big get-together.

"[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 says. "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."

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Though Josh may be missing some family time during Christmas, he did get a visit from 27-year-old Anna last month, when she took their youngest daughter, five-month-old Meredith Grace, to see him, a source close to the Duggar family confirms to ET. Josh's younger brother -- John-David Duggar, a pilot -- flew them out on the family's private plane to the rehab center.

"Anna felt the visit was much needed," the source says. "They are trying to put the pieces back together."

During a recent episode of Jill and Jessa: Counting On, Anna said she was relying on her deep faith to help her get through her tumultuous year. In addition to her husband admitting he molested five girls as a teenager in May, three months later, the former 19 Kids and Counting star also confessed he was unfaithful to Anna, and developed an addiction to watching pornography -- an admission which he later retracted.

"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."

Despite the harsh words, a source close to the Duggar family told ET earlier this month that the couple is now attempting to rekindle the romance in their relationship. Josh and Anna have even been writing love letters to one another while Josh is in rehab, the source shared.

"Anna is planning on getting back together with Josh, that's just how it goes," the source said. "The family was taught to have a new level of forgiveness towards Josh."

Anna and Josh have four children together -- 6-year-old Mackynzie, 4-year-old Michael, 2-year-old Marcus and baby Meredith, whom they welcomed earlier this year.

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Watch the video below to see Anna explain how she was initially in disbelief over Josh's infidelity scandal.