But the streets are getting cold, and people are low on cash. So going home was the only option for about one-third of the residents of this Aleppo community and others nearby.
For the children, gunfire is so frequent it has become background noise. One 12-year-old girl tells CNN Senior International Correspondent Arwa Damon that she hardly notices anymore.
Some children even collect the shell casings they find in the streets.
The Syrian military wants to retake al-Sakhour because a road important to the insurgents runs through the neighborhood, which was one of the first to be controlled by rebels.
It is now a bloody battle for the streets and one vital road to Aleppo airport. There are bodies on the roads. People try to retrieve them, only to be shot at by snipers.
There are other dangers. One father shows his right arm, which he says was shot as he shielded one of his daughters at a checkpoint.
A woman pulls Damon aside and grimly tells her "I'd rather die than live like this."