"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.