Thanksgiving 2010

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We are spending a quiet day at home, cooking a turkey and thinking about how we can use all the leftovers..Turkey Hotdish, Turkey and Biscuits and Gravy and Turkey Salad Sandwiches are some of our favorites.  We will make two different kinds of stuffing/ with sautéed  giblets for Far Guy and one with apples and raisins for me. I like the dark meat, Far Guy likes the white meat.

How many of you remember this Thanksgiving song by Lydia Marie Child?  Far Guy and I tried to sing it the other day, neither of us could remember all the words. We both learned it in grade school. I wonder if the music teachers use this song anymore?  It was written in 1844 as a poem. 

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—
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 wood,
To have a first-rate play.
Hear the bells ring, “Ting-a-ling-ding”,
Hurrah for Thanksgiving Day!
Over the river, and through the wood
Trot fast, my dapple-gray!
Spring over the ground like a hunting-hound,
For this is Thanksgiving Day.
Over the river, and through the wood—
And straight through the barnyard gate,
We seem to go extremely slow,
It is so hard to wait!
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!..Lydia Marie Child

It is a balmy –8 F  this morning.  Happy Thanksgiving! :)

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6 Responses to Thanksgiving 2010

  1. I can sing that song with you! I love it even yet…we always went to my Grandma’s farm for TG so it was very meaningful for “little me” and me littler sister. I think we sang it the whole 15 miles!!!

  2. Carole Heuer says:

    I am very fond of that song as I would sing it too as we made our way to Ponsford for Thanksgiving at my Grandparents home. We traveled from rural North Dakota. It was quite a trek for my family of five other siblings. I always thought the song was so appropriate. We had to cross a river, the Red River, in order to get to Grandma’s house. I can still smell the wonderful scents coming from my Grandmother’s kitchen as we entered her house. Thanks for the wonderful memory.

    • farside says:

      Hi Carole, Grandmas kitchens were always the best! I used to know lots of people in the Ponsford area..perhaps I knew your Grandparents too:)

  3. Mary Ann says:

    I remember the words, I remember singing that song when I was about in fourth grade. It made me cry, because my parents were older, and I never knew my grandparents.

    • farside says:

      Mary Ann..I am sorry. Hopefully you had some wonderful Aunts and Uncles to make up for the void in your family:)

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