Chris Watts 'Hates the Holidays' in Prison, Says Source: 'He's in a Hell of His Own Making'

The holidays are fast approaching, but Chris Watts won't be celebrating them.
Watts, who murdered his pregnant wife and two daughters in 2018, will spend Christmas and New Years in protective custody in a Wisconsin prison - and a source who speaks to him regularly in prison tells PEOPLE that Watts fears the upcoming holidays.
“He doesn't like to talk about his life before prison,” the source says, “but he has said that he used to be a big fan of Christmas: decorating the house, spending time with the family. And he knows 100% that it is so. " I will never happen again and that it is his own fault. He is in a hell that he made himself. "
"The prison has a 'Christmas dinner,' but it's basically a bland turkey and potatoes," the prison source continues. "It's not exactly the festival you would imagine it to be for Christmas. In some ways, it's more depressing because it reminds inmates that it's Christmas and they're getting an inferior copy of the holiday."
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On August 13, 2018, Watts strangled his pregnant wife, Shanann, at their Colorado home. Then he drove her body to a construction site at the oil company where he worked. He buried his wife's body and then suffocated his daughters Bella (4) and Celeste (3). After pleading guilty for the murders, he received a life sentence.
Authorities said Watts committed the murders because he was having an affair with a colleague who believed he was already separated. In the days leading up to the murders, Shanann Watts reached out to a friend and shared her growing concerns about her marriage - but never knew her life was in danger.
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Chris Watts at left with Shanann Watts
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Watts, 35, has a Bible and several family photos in his cell. That being said, he'll spend his time with a handful of pen pals - mostly women who wrote to him after his conviction. The source tells PEOPLE that he spends a lot of time reading and writing letters.
"He's going to write to his pen pals this season and they'll send him notes too," the source says. "It's literally all he can do at this point. He hates the holidays."

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