It's going to be an emotional holiday for the Giudices.
Teresa Giudice is set to be released from prison
on Dec. 23, and the Real Housewives of New Jersey
star's daughter, Gia, and husband, Joe, tell ET's Jennifer Peros exclusively that they plan to make her homecoming absolutely perfect.
"I honsestly think it's going to be emotional," says Gia. "But it's going to be, like, good emotional. Like, happy."
One thing Teresa usually comes up big for in the family is decorating the Christmas tree.
"This tree that we have is, like, so damn tall," chuckles Joe.
"We have to, like, decorate it perfect," adds Gia. "She's usually here. She finishes it. We all, like, do something and then, like, we're, like, 'Mom we're tired, we're going to bed."
It's an undertaking, but Gia wants to make sure everything is ready on time.
"She'll want the house set up," she points out. "If she comes home and the tree's not up, like, the first thing she'll say is, 'Where's the tree?'"
However, Teresa's homecoming is bittersweet. Soon after her release, Joe will have to complete a 41-month stint in prison
, as part of the guilty plea he and Teresa entered in March 2014 on charges of fraud. As part of the plea deal, their sentences were staggered
to allow at least one parent to always be home with Gia, 14, and the couple's three other daughters -- Gabriella, 10, Milania, 9, and Audriana, 5.
"Anything can happen to any family, and it could be worse," Gia says about her parent's legal troubles. "At least, no one's sick, that's honestly how I think of it. They're coming home. My mom's coming home. My dad's going to come home. Knock on wood, no one's sick, no one's dying."
Meanwhile, while Joe prepares to go to prison, he is definitely ready to have Teresa back at home.
"Nothing gets easier, you know? It's always a pain in the ass without her here," he says. "You know, when she was here it was a lot easier."
And despite going through this experience with Teresa, it hasn't quite set in yet for the 43-year-old that he is about to be put away.
"I mean, nothing's going to prepare you to go to jail," he says. "You know what I mean? You just got to go there and do your time."
To hear more from Joe, check out the video below and tune in tonight for his complete interview on ET.
The three-part special following Joe and his family on The Real Housewives of New Jersey: Teresa Checks In premieres Sunday, Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. on Bravo.