December first, "Over The River And Through The Woods" (1844). The song "Over the River and Through The Woods" is based on a poem by Unitarian author and human rights champion Lydia Maria Child. Inspiration for the poem came from her own childhood memories of Thanksgiving at her grandparents’ house. As Unitarians and others started to provide and re-imagine Christmas the distinctively Yankee tradition of Thanksgiving became the template they followed in establishing how Christmas would be celebrated.
|Ralph Yeager Roberts