Matt Lauer's birthday: Meredith Viera, Jane Pauley and Bryant Gumbel celebrate

"Today" celebrated some very special moments on Dec. 30. First up, the show celebrated Matt Lauer's 56th birthday with a couple special guests.

Former co-anchor Meredith Viera (who's birthday is also on Dec. 30) called in to the morning show to wish Lauer a happy birthday. Savannah Guthrie, currently on vacation, also left a message for her costar, while Al Roker presented Lauer (via Carson Daly) with a Just For Men kit for the birthday boy's beard.

But the birthday wasn't the only special occasion on "Today." Bryant Gumbel and Jane Pauley helped co-anchor the show while Guthrie and Natalie Morales are off. Coincidentally, Pauley's twins Ross and Rickie also were born on Dec. 30, so they made their TV debut presenting Lauer with his cake.

Is this one of your favorite ways Lauer celebrated his birthday on "Today"?

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