TODAY | December 21, 2012
>>> the week that was here on "today."
>> i'm sure they won't play that burger prank again.
>> just a little more than 24 hours ago, we would have described this as a very quiet, new england town. the tragedy that unfolded here a day ago has changed all that.
>> they had their entire lives ahead of them, birthdays, graduations, weddings.
>> i see the signs everywhere around here. pray for us.
>> pray for us.
>> what is the prayer that you say?
>> i pray that the lord just lifts up these families and that they know especially their children are safe.
>> something that inspires us to be better, be more compassionate and more humble people.
>> exactly a week to go until christmas. the christmas tree in the center of the town behind me is now a growing makeshift memorial.
>> imagine if everyone could commit to doing one act of kindness.
>> images of angels at a memorial representing each child.
>> had some terrible news to cover. we have such great news this morning we can share with everyone. our friend and colleague, richard engle and his team have been freed and unharmed. there they are.
>> we're happy to be here. we're in good health. we're okay.
>> this is santa claus early, a week early.
>> absolutely. it's the only gift we wanted.
>> from our "today" family to yours.
>> thank you.
>> it's holiday time.
>> good to see you.
>> welcome back home.
>> that is ceelo green of "the voice."
>> billy crystal is live in the studio. you look marvelous. you do. you do.
>> you want to try it?
>> jump right in there and get it.
>> oh, no.
>> tear a little bit. bite it a little more.
>> take another bite.
>> here's what's happening in your