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!
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, trot fast my dapple gray! Spring over the ground, like a hunting hound! For this is Thanksgiving Day!
If you are like many people, you did not expect this song to end with the words “This is Thanksgiving Day!” You might have learned or sung this song as a children’s Christmas song or thought, with the references to cold and snow, that surely this must be a Christmas song. But according to Wikipedia, this poem was written in 1844 as a Thanksgiving Day song by New Englander Lydia Maria Child. The references to snow and cold during Thanksgiving exist because New England at this time was at the tail end of the Little Ice Age which was characterized by much longer and more severe winters than what the globe experiences now.
This Thanksgiving, as you and your loved ones assemble this winter jigsaw puzzle entitled Grandmother’s House, it would be a great opportunity to discuss fond memories of previous Thanksgiving Days spent with loved ones.