On Dec. 23, 2015, Teresa Giudice walked out of the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut, a free woman after serving time for nearly a year on fraud charges.RELATED: Teresa Giudice ‘Is Thriving’ One Year After Prison
One year later, the star of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey “is thriving,” her attorney James J. Leonard Jr. tells PEOPLE.
“She is still so happy to be home and to be there for her girls,” adds a source close to Giudice.
Still, this is the first Christmas without her husband of 17 years, Joe, who this past March began serving a 41-month sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution at Fort Dix, New Jersey, for fraud and tax evasion charges. (He and Teresa were found guilty in October 2014.)
“She misses Joe a lot,” says Leonard.
Especially during Christmastime – her favorite holiday. She has spent the last month decorating the house and shopping for gifts, says the source.