Dec. 13, 2013 at 4:27 PM ET
1. Tomorrow will mark one year since the tragic Sandy Hook massacre, but the families still grieving say Dec. 14 will be no different for them.
“In all honesty, it's just another day. It's just another day without Dylan. There's no need to mark it because every day we miss him,” said Nicole Hockley of her 6-year-old son. “I think the rest of the country and people feel that the one-year mark has some significance. But it's another passage of time. It doesn't change anything.”
2. In the wake of the Newtown tragedy, one company is spreading its message of reducing gun violence by turning firearms into jewelry.
“We're taking something that in the case of illegal guns involves despair and hopelessness, and we're turning it into something positive and beautiful," Peter Thum told TODAY.
3. Orlando Bloom stopped by the studio to promote his new movie, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," but got distracted in the Orange Room by the deliciousness of producer Zoe Marcus’s graham cracker bars.
"It's the best thing I've had all year,” the star quipped. “Seriously."
4. Alexa Ray Joel, the daughter of Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley, said it wasn’t always easy growing up with famous parents.
"It took me a minute — being the daughter of such iconic figures, it took some growing into," she told Matt. "You're exposed to the spotlight at such a young age and that, of course, can be challenging – but I made it through."
Late in the day, news broke that students were injured during a shooting at Arapahoe High School in Colorado.
And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!