Thursday, November 25, 2010

Over the River

Over the river and through the woods,
To grandmother's house we go;
The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh,
Through the white and drifted snow, O!

Over the river and through the woods,
Oh how the wind does blow!
It stings the toes, and bites the nose,
As over the ground we go.

Over the river and through the woods,
To have a first-rate play;
Oh hear the bells ring, "Ting-a-ling-ling!"
Hurrah for Thanksgiving Day, Hey!

Over the river and through the woods,
Trot fast my dapple gray!
Spring over the ground, like a hunting hound!
For this is Thanksgiving Day, Hey!

Over the river and through the woods,
And straight through the barnyard gate,
We seem to go extremely slow.
It is so hard to wait!

Over the river and through the woods,
Now grandmother's cap I spy!
Hurrah for the fun! Is the pudding done?
Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!

Memories .... Everyone has them and each is precious. The above song never fails to remind me of childhood Thanksgivings spent with my beloved grandparents who have been gone now for many, many years, but will always be remembered with so much love.

Thanksgiving at their home was the best.  When we arrived, their home would be so toasty; the turkey had been roasting for hours.  The aromas coming from the kitchen set your mouth to watering.  None of us were allowed in grandma's kitchen when she was cooking her Thanksgiving spread, and it was kind of boring hanging out with the adults, so I'd bundle up and head on outdoors.  And I would always find myself in the woods...skipping along the path and singing the above song.  Somehow it seemed to have been written solely for me. 

Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for the blessings we have and look forward to the year ahead with a renewed hope for an abundant harvest. I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you  peace, joy, and love.  Blessings to you and yours.


  1. Happy Thanksgiving m/f
    Lovely memory that you have there.
    Now that I have got in the swing of things, I find I'm looking forward to this meal with FAMILY! :0)

  2. This makes me smile! I was thinking of this song the other day as I was looking up 'We Gather Together' on You Tube...then I started second guessing myself, you know how that goes...asking myself if anyone would remember that song, but we always sang it in church and in school too. I remember Over The River fondly Mary and it brings back delicious memories of my own Mother and how she could make a feast fit for royalty on the little we had. I miss her so much on holidays...
    Today I am thankful for the blessing of meeting you and our creating friendship with each other!
    Blessings to you on this day and always...

  3. How wonderful to have such happy holiday memories! Your grandparents gave you a great gift.

  4. I didn't grow up with thanksgiving, not like it is celebrated in north America anyway, but i have these memories of Christmas at my grandparents. We where aloud in the kitchen and got to sit around the big table, watch her or help her with little chores and chatted about everything and nothing. Some of my best childhood memories :)...have a great Thanksgiving♥

  5. I love that song. Although I tend to use it, for Christmas too. :-))))))))))