Friday, November 22, 2013

Kicking it off, Thanksgiving and looking forward

- I'm going to my first holiday gathering of the season tonight, so it seems appropriate to post a holiday photo this morning to kick it off.  :)  The sleigh is in front of the antique store in Lilburn, Georgia, near the park where I walk.

- My sisters and I tried to remember the words to the Over the River and through the Woods song once - a song we associate with Thanksgiving.  This is all we remembered, so we sang this first verse a couple of times and ended with "Hey!":

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...

The rest of the lyrics can be found here (I just looked it up.)  Turns out a woman named Lydia Maria Child wrote this in 1844, based on memories of visiting her Grandmother's house, which still stands near the Mystic River in Medford, Massachusetts.  It has been restored by Tufts University.

- All three sisters (two of them grandmothers), who live in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, Atlanta, Georgia and the rolling "red hills" farmland of northern Florida, will be together this year for Thanksgiving.  The Florida sister called me last evening about the menu and later texted me, thanking me for "talking her off the ledge."  She is nervous about being in charge of the dinner, but I reminded her that we all like to cook, so we'll make it fun and remember that the most important thing is being together.

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!


Joanne said...

Aww I'm so glad you're all going to be together!

Granny Annie said...

We sang it to the top of our lungs and paused with "hey" then sang the same refrain over and over. Who needed all the words. lol The main thing was that we were on the way to GRANDMA'S!!! WooHoo!!!

My kids won't sing that this year because I'll be singing "to my daughter's house I go" and can't wait. Just hoping it won't be through white and drifting snow! Yikes.

Hope your holidays are spectacular and know they will be as you embrace family.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Lynn - my post linking to your previous post is now up!

What an amazing sleigh .. oh I'd love to see that. Enjoy that dinner ...

I bet that house makes a great place to visit ... and I love the sentimentality of those words ... so appropriate ...

You and your sisters are going to have so much fun together - that's wonderful .. and great you're sharing the preparation of dinner load ..

Cheers - love this - Hilary

TALON said...

The sleigh is lovely. I've only been on a horse-drawn sleigh once and it's a memory that's very dear. I wish you and your family a glorious Thanksgiving, Lynn!

Mama Zen said...

This made me laugh, Lynn. My little sister and I were talking each other off the ledge just last night. We two sisters try to handle most of the Thanksgiving prep these days. This year, however, is our first year to deal with my celiac disease, and we're scrambling to figure out what I can eat!

Jannie Funster said...

That IS true! Being together is what matters. And I bet it will be one of your best dinners ever. Sounds like all you cooks will make it happen.

That song plays on the miniature Thanksgiving table Kelly has with her Fisher Price doll house. The table top actually flips, alternating between a birthday setting with song, and the Thanksgiving one. With candles that light up! She no longer plays with it, but I like to know both those little battery-operated tunes are available at a moment's notice should I ever want to hear them.


Elephant's Child said...

Happy Thanksgiving. Those ledges get narrow and crowded at this time of year don't they? Glad that you have and are support.

Leonora said...

I love this post. It contains warm thoughts of family and holidays wrapped up in one. This month is flying right by and I'm beginning to enjoy the holiday decorations at the stores.

Lynn said...

Joanne -

I know - I'm so looking forward to it.

Granny Annie -

Exactly! Just like that. :) I'm so glad you are going to your daughters - I know they all can't wait to see you. I hope you have no snow to go through either. :) May your holidays be spectacular, as well, my friend.

Hilary -

Thank you for the link. I loved your post.

The house does make a great place to visit. And we are already talking back and forth about the dinner. Fun.

Cheers to you!

Talon -

Isn't it? And that must be a dear memory - I'd love to ride on a sleigh through the snow. Not much snow down here. :)

Thank you - it will be glorious, I think.

Lynn said...

Mama Zen -

That must be tough. I'm glad you have a fun sister to share the dinner prep with.

Jannie -

That's so awesome that Kelly has that toy. :) I think you should get it out for Thanksgiving!


Elephant's Child -

They do. :) I am so lucky to have my family.

Leonora -

Thank you - I'm looking forward to the holidays and thinking about putting my wreath on the door today.

Riot Kitty said...

The song is that old? I'm impressed.

I don't mind the decorations but one of the local stations is already on Xmas music only. Blah.

M. Reka said...

Happy Thanksgiving
Love your page :)

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Lee said...

Run, turkeys, run! Head for the hills while you have a chance! ;)

Enjoy your Thanksgiving Lynn. :)

Lynn said...

Riot Kitty -

I know - I feel the same way. I did put my lit up wreath on my front door yesterday though. I love to see it on when I come home from work.

M -

Thanks for coming by!

Lee -

I know - poor turkeys. :)

LL Cool Joe said...

The sleigh looks great! Very classy.

I hope you had a good weekend and enjoyed the family gathering!

Lynn said...

Joe -

It is classy. :) I did have a great weekend and hope you did, too.