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What Thanksgiving really means to kids... in their own words

Kids say the darnedest things every day of the year. When TODAY asked a group of them about gratitude, kindness and Thanksgiving, their answers made us smile.

After all, there are no better people to remind us to find joy in the simple things — like a good bedtime story or a supportive big sister — than our children.

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Watch these kids remind us what Thanksgiving should really be all about

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Watch these kids remind us what Thanksgiving should really be all about

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What are you thankful for?

Shyla, 8

"I'm thankful for firemen and policemen for catching the bad guys — 'cause bad guys can do a lot of stuff to us."

Malcolm, 6

"I'm thankful for my family so that I don't have to be alone all the time. 'Cause they can do good things, and if I were alone, I couldn't cook myself dinner and breakfast."

Deanna, 8

"I'm thankful for my family, my food, my house, and my little sister — even though sometimes she bugs me."

Isabella, 9

"I'm thankful for my sister and for my family, 'cause they help me feel better. If I'm upset or something ... maybe they could help me feel better."

Sienna, 9

"I'm thankful for my family and (pointing to her sister) this one right here."

Eli, 7

"I'm thankful for my friend, Lily. She gave me two Pokemon cards today. I'm thankful for my dad and my mom — they read me a story every day and it's really special to me."

Jasmine, 8

"I'm thankful for all my teachers and my friends."

Dylan, 5

"I'm thankful for my mom and dad because they let me play and have fun."

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