Wednesday, November 24, 2010


"Over the River and Through the Woods" is a Thanksgiving Day poem written by Lydia Child in the 1800s. Read the original complete lyrics. Christmas words are sometimes substituted.

Child describes events and scenes my grandparents would have experienced. My mother talked of her youth in the early 1900s during horse and sleigh days before autos were so prevalent.

"Lydia Maria Child (February 11, 1802 – October 20, 1880) was an American abolitionist, women's rights activist, opponent of American expansionism, Indian rights activist, novelist, and journalist and Unitarian" "Her journals, fiction and domestic manuals reached wide audiences from the 1820s through the 1850s. She at times shocked her audience, as she tried to take on issues of both male dominance and white supremacy in some of her stories" Wikipedia reports. Her husband actively supported her efforts."

"Over the River and Through the Woods" lyrics set to music with The Juke Box Band:

Thanksgiving happiness with past and pleasant memories wished for all.


  1. I've always loved that song!!! Thanks for your friendship!!!! Happy Thanksgiving!!!! And don't forget it's Michigan Week!!!!

  2. Thanksgiving is a bridge to the past, the good and the bad of it. It's a large part of who we are as a people.
    Have a wonderful holiday!

  3. Thanks for putting up such a delightful video. It was a pleasure seeing the snow covered trees. Nice to look at it from a cozy indoor place.

    I'll be leaving for Florida soon so hopefully that's the only snow I'll see before I leave.

    Hope you had a great day!

  4. Happy Thanksgiving. Many blessings. Suzann

  5. And to you too, my dear. A lovely Post for Thanksgiving!@

  6. This was a nice Thanksgiving post JoAnn. That song always brings back many good memories of Thanksgivings with family. Hope your day was wonderful. ~Joy

  7. In my case it would be over the river and through the woods to my daughter's place. Thanks for your lovely post.

  8. What a nice surprise--Thanks for a lovely post. The video looked just like the way to Grandma Carew's house. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving...M.E.