It’s been nearly 30 years since Erik and Lyle Menendez brutally murdered their parents in August 1989. The infamous double homicide of Kitty and Jose still baffles true crime enthusiasts to this day. Now, the brothers revealed they’ll “definitely” be spending Christmas together for the first time behind bars.

“It’s definitely going to be a different feeling on Christmas, I think, it’s interesting,” Lyle told the Daily Mail. The pair had an emotional reunion in April this year after almost 22 years apart and have been inseparable since. “Prison is pretty compact, everybody’s kind of in a little beehive here together, so I see him throughout the day,” he added of their new digs at R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego, CA.

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LAW & ORDER TRUE CRIME: THE MENENDEZ MURDERS “Episode 106” — Pictured: (l-r) Miles Gaston Villanueva as Lyle Menendez and Gus Halper as Erik Menendez. (Photo by: Justin Lubin/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Lyle and Erik joined the EastLake Church while behind bars, and they’ve been attending service together. Lyle said the pastor gave a sermon last week about not losing faith in really dark times and still having hope.

He said, “It made me think that every Christmas — it’s generally a difficult time for people in prison, separated from their family and loved ones and maybe thinking about why they are here. But really for me, it was really especially so separated from Erik, and so I think this one, I just couldn’t help but think it’s going to be a little bit less dark.”

Lyle added that while the other inmates at the facility will be throwing a holiday play, neither he nor Erik are going to taking part. “I’m not in the play, I’m not going to be a reindeer in the play, there were some openings for reindeers [sic], but I’m not gonna… I’ll go watch with my brother and they do a holiday meal.”

And although they didn’t make each other cards, Lyle said the best gift is getting to see his brother on the special holiday. “I think for us the gift is just being here together.”

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