A lot has changed in a year for Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino.
Last Christmas, he was gearing up to begin an eight-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to one count of tax evasion. He reported to the Otisville Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, New York on Jan. 15, 2019.
The Jersey Shore star who is four years sober after battling a prescription painkiller addiction was released on Sep. 12, telling PEOPLE in a joint statement with his wife Lauren, “We are elated to finally close this chapter of our life.”
“Thank you to our family, friends and fans for the continuous love and support during this time, it brought us so much peace and comfort,” they said. “We look forward to continuing our life as husband and wife and working on baby situations! We truly believe that the comeback is always greater than the setback and we can’t wait to show the world ours.”
This holiday season, with his court case and sentence finally behind him, the reality star celebrated the new chapter with family and friends.
“Wishing You & Your Families a Merry Christmas,” he captioned a photo on Instagram of him and Lauren standing in front of their Christmas tree.
He documented the celebration on his Instagram Story as well, posting several photos of the feast, which included crab linguine, ham, lamb, mashed potatoes, stuffed artichokes and a selection of desserts.