"There's something nice about being home for the holidays and out of the public eye," said an emotional Teresa Giudice, who faces possible jail time along with her husband, Joe, after pleading guilty to fraud charges. "It's all just hanging over us."
"To the haters and the ones who love us," Joe said in a toast to his wife. "Who cares?"
Melissa Gorga and husband Joe, who sold their mansion and are now "shacking it up in a rental" until their new one is completed, continued to reach out to Giudice after last year's family war.
"Anything you need?" Joe asked his sister. "I can't imagine what they're going through. I don't like to go to traffic court."
The Gorgas enjoyed a white Christmas with their children, with Joe even getting his tongue momentarily stuck to a pole like in the classic holiday movie A Christmas Story.
The extended Giudice family held a "cousins" Christmas dinner, and in addition to gag gifts (which fittingly included Teresa receiving a dictionary), Kathy Wakile and sister Rosie returned to the fold.
"You have to stay positive," Rosie said about Teresa. "If not, you could crumble very easily."
Just ask Dina Manzo.
"Christmas is my least favorite holiday ... I've never had a good one," said Manzo. "I'm learning I can't control every situation ... sometimes just give it up to God."
Manzo, whose daughter, Lexi, was accepted to college, said, "When I pictured myself 40-something, I didn't expect to be starting over. What I'm getting for Christmas this year is a bundle of divorce therapy sessions ... and, hopefully, a couple of Percocets."
Nicole Napolitano got a wine bottle opener from boyfriend Bobby in front of her teasing mother, appropriately named Santa.
"I don't consider myself a materialistic person, but a Christmas gift says a lot about a person," said Napolitano.
Her twin, Teresa Aprea, and her husband, Rino, celebrated by teaching their 17-year-old son, Giovanni, the ropes of their restaurant business, down to cooking pasta the right way.
"You learn the system from the ground up," said Rino.
"I Do Cry Myself to Sleep"But, in the end, it was the Giudices, who got their daughters a puppy, who were simply trying to stay grounded.
"I'm glad I have such a strong wife ... one who doesn’t cry all the time," said Joe. "I wouldn't even want to come home."
"I do cry myself to sleep sometimes," said Teresa, adding, "This will not be our last Christmas together."
The Real Housewives of New Jersey airs Sundays (8 p.m. ET) on Bravo.