Our First Thanksgiving Day:
A Thanksgiving Medley


Across the Atlantic Ocean, a long time ago
Came pilgrims on the Mayflower, a new world to know.
Freedom of religion was what they sought;
Starvation and illness were problems they fought.

But the people worked together,
And some friendly Indians taught
These pilgrims how to better use the new land they got.
So it wasn’t long before they could say:

We’ve made it through this first hard year: 
 Let’s have a feast and thank the Lord
On our grateful Thanksgiving Day!”

Tag: So they had a feast to celebrate
Our first Thanksgiving Day!)

(*Note: Sung to traditional tune:
Over the River and Through the Woods,”
— with some variation.
(May follow above lyrics with traditional “Thanksgiving Day”.)

(By Stephany Spencer, 1990)
(Photo courtesy of Google Plus)

Traditional song:
“Thanksgiving Day”

1- Over the river and through the woods,
To Grandfather’s house we go;
The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh,
Through the white and drifted snow.
Oh, over the river and through the woods,
Oh, how the wind does blow!
It stings the nose and it bites the toes,
As over the ground we go!

2- Over the river and through the woods,
To have a first-rate play,
Hear the bells ring,”Ting-a-ling-ling”!
Hurrah for Thanksgiving Day!
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!

3- Over the river and through the woods,
And straight through the barnyard gate,
We seem to go extremely slow,
It is so hard to wait!
Over the river and through the woods,
Now, Grandmother’s cap I spy!
Hurrah for the fun! Is the pudding done?
Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!

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