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Melissa Gorga on Teresa Giudice's Return from Prison Just in Time for Christmas: 'It's a Blessing'

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With Teresa Giudice‘s prison release fast approaching, her sister-in-law Melissa Gorga says the family is ready for “a fresh start.”

In an interview with PEOPLE Now, Gorga, 36, speaks candidly about Giudice’s Dec. 23 return just in time for Christmas, which she calls “a blessing.”

“I think it’s gonna be a really nice Christmas this year,” Gorga says. “I just think it’s gonna be a lot of new beginnings, hopefully just a fresh start, especially for [Giudice].”

The Real Housewives of New Jersey star, 43, is serving out the end of her nearly yearlong prison sentence for fraud, and Gorga says she’ll be happy to see her home for the holidays.

Melissa Gorga (left) and Teresa Giudice
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“I get more happy about her children seeing her,” Gorga says, adding that Giudice’s family visits her frequently. “Everyone can’t wait for that reunion for them it’ll be beautiful for her to be actually home with her family.”

The 36-year-old gushes about hosting her family, in-laws and all, at her house for Christmas Eve, adding, “It should be a beautiful thing.”

It looks like family time is key for both Gorga and the Giudice clan as Joe Giudice is preparing for his own 41-month prison sentence in March.

“I don’t know how anyone prepares,” Gorga says of Joe’s impending sentence. “Spend a lot of time with your family, that’s how you prepare.”