The Giudice family was all smiles in their exclusive photos with PEOPLE

By Naja Rayne and Ana Calderone
Updated December 24, 2015 09:10 PM
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Teresa Giudice has been home from prison for just one day and she’s making the most of the holidays.

PEOPLE has exclusive photos of the Real Housewives of New Jersey star getting into a festive spirit on Christmas Eve with her husband and four daughters.

The family got glammed up – husband Joe even put on a suit! – to pose for a Christmas card-worthy snap in front of their massive tree.

Giudice, 43; Joe; and daughters Gia, Gabriella, Milania and Audriana were all smiles as they posed wearing all black with touches of red.

The reality star, who spent nearly a year in prison on fraud charges, also got some solo shots, looking svelte and fabulous following an in-home makeover with her daughters.

Giudice looked like her usual, animated self in behind-the-scenes shots as she got her hair and makeup done.

“Everybody was excited they were going out,” a source tells PEOPLE. “It was a bit of a circus with all the kids the night before Christmas and then trying to get them all organized and ready at the same time and Teresa getting all primped and ready.”

Milania played mother’s helper as Teresa got ready – suggesting outfits and supervising her makeover, the source says.

The family will be seeing Giudice’s brother Joe Gorga over the holidays, a source tells PEOPLE.

In an interview with PEOPLE Now earlier this month, Melissa Gorga – Giudice’s sister-in-law – said the family was excited about her homecoming and what it would bring.

“I think it’s gonna be a really nice Christmas this year,” Gorga, 36, said. “I just think it’s gonna be a lot of new beginnings, hopefully just a fresh start, especially for [Giudice].

Speaking of a really nice Christmas, the mother of four arrived home on Wednesday to a brand new black Lexus SUV, complete with a large red bow, gifted to her by her husband.

Giudice’s attorney told PEOPLE the vehicle, which has black tinted windows, was a necessary gift.

“She needs a car. End of story – just like anyone else who needs a car,” attorney James J. Leonard, Jr. said.