- Good Sunday morning, dear friends. Are you ready for Thanksgiving? We do make such a fuss, but it is a fuss which brings joy to many. We fuss and celebrate because we are grateful. And speaking of being grateful, I want to tell you how grateful I am for each and every one of you who reads my blog, takes a moment to comment, sends me a note, or shares my thoughts with others. I may know you personally or our friendship may be virtual. However it may be ~ truly, I am grateful for you, your kindness and support. You mean a great deal to me.
- I hope you will enjoy the journey, “Over the River” this morning. Not to worry, the trip is short.
- “Over the river, and through the wood, to Grandfather’s house we go; “
- “the horse knows the way to carry the sleigh through the white and drifted snow.”
“Over the river, and through the wood,
to Grandfather’s house away!
We would not stop for doll or top,
for ’tis Thanksgiving Day.”
“Over the river, and through the wood ~
now Grandmother’s cap I spy!
Hurrah for the fun! Is the pudding done?
Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!”
I hope “Over the River” has evoked wonderful childhood memories. My mom would always sing this to me ~ she knew every word. She would even sing it in the summertime when we would travel to Mississippi to visit my grandmother. I have included a little information about the piece at the end of this post. The poem was written in 1844, by Lydia Maria Child.
Many of you may be traveling over rivers and mountains to be with loved ones this Thanksgiving. I wish you a safe and beautiful journey. And, as you gather with your family and friends around the table, pause for a moment to ~ “Hear blessings dropping their blossoms all around you.” ~ Rumi
While we are counting our blessings, let us all be grateful for what I believe to be one of our sweetest. And that is: It doesn’t matter where we live or how old we become…
“Forever on Thanksgiving Day the heart will find the pathway Home.” ~ Wilbur D. Nesbit
Wishing you and yours a Beautiful and Happy Thanksgiving,
filled with Blessings beyond measure.
Faire De Doux Souvenirs ( Make Sweet Memories)
Note: “Over the River and Through the Wood” was originally published in 1844 as a poem written by Lydia Maria Child. The poem was published in Child’s book of poems Flowers for Children, Volume 2, and was originally titled “The New-England Boy’s Song about Thanksgiving Day.” In time, Child’s poem was set to music by an unknown composer, and over the years many children have grown up singing the song in school or community holiday programs.
Traditionally “Over the River and Through the Wood” is sung as a Thanksgiving song, in which the original lyrics say, “Hurrah for Thanksgiving Day!” rather than “Hurrah for Christmas Day!” Another lyrical change was that the original poem read “Grandfather’s house” rather than “Grandmother’s house.” The original poem also contained 12 verses.
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