• Anonymous

    Your drawings give me a warm feeling. It reminds me of my grandmothers home when we would visit for the holidays.

    • Thank you. I am so happy they do that for you. 🙂

  • Elizabeth

    Susan, You know last year I was deciding to stay home and not go visit family this year. I didn’t know if I had the energy to make the short 45 minute trip. Well as I was making my dinner list I was told by my mom that my cousin is extremely saddened cause I wasn’t going to be there. Being so busy I didn’t stop to think about the fact that my cousin and I have put on Thanksgiving for our families for the past 7 years. So needless to say, I realized the importance of the season and thou not by horse drawn carriage… I made the trip and had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    • I understand that. I am so glad you did. Memories are built during the Holidays

  • You have done this song more than justice with your illustrations! Well done my friend. 🙂 You warmed my heart today. Thank you.

    • Hi Cheryl, You warmed my heart with your kind words. It pleases me that I could do that for you as well. 🙂

  • What a sweet post! While I don’t know the song, the illustrations are gorgeous and evocative. Music from our childhood stays with us forever and conjures up powerful, emotional memories. Sometimes all you need are a couple of notes and bingo! You’re five years old again.

    • Hi Krystyna, Thank you so very much. I couldn’t agree with you more. Son’t you just love that? There are so many songs that do just that when I hear the very first notes.

  • Bethany Lee

    I totally enjoyed this, Susan. Your pictures are always so fun and this one especially was cozey and sweet. This song ALWAYS makes me think of my Grandma’s house.

    • Thanks Bethany, It does for me too. It brings back a rush of memories of times past for me.

  • Jon Jefferson

    I notice you were going to grand farther’s house in your rendition. For me it was always grandma’s house growing up. Both my grand fathers were gone long before I was born so I never knew that growing up. Probably why my kids knowing their grand fathers now and soon me knowing my own grand kid is such a big thing in my life.

    • Hi Jon, Thanks for stopping by. That was the original song. it’s funny how both Grandfather and grandmother are included at different points in each stanza. How cool that have your kids and some grandkids as part of this holiday season. I hope you are able to create many memories as each season comes and goes. 🙂

  • Julie

    I so enjoyed this. The illustrations are fabulous. Thanks for brightening my day with this.

    • Hi Julie, Thank you and I am so glad it made your day a happy one. 🙂

  • Doreen Pendgracs

    Beautiful illustrations, Susan, and believe it or not … we actually have a light dusting of the white stuff here in Manitoba today!

    • Hi Doreen, Thanks a bunch. How cool is that. The first snow is always such a beautiful thing, don’t you think?

  • I loved the with the wonderful pictures made it so much better then just reading the words……..

    • Hi Jo-Anne, Thank you so much. They were really fun to create.

  • Gina Beth Baker

    Lovely pictures, as usual! More than anything I remember singing that song a lot in elementary school. 🙂

    • Hi Gina, Thanks so much. 🙂 That’s where I first heard and sang the song too. It still brings on great memories. 🙂

  • Susan, Visiting your blog is like a breath of fresh air. Your illustrations are a pure joy, This makes me anxious to start decorating for the holiday.

    • Sherryl, You always say some of the nicest things. I’m happy that it helps to set the mood. That is always my hope. :-)))

  • Elizabeth Scott

    Beautiful as always….

  • It is reading posts like these Susan with the illustrations that make me think it would be great to have a white Christmas instead of the heat. As always love your illustrations.

    • Hi Susan, Ah… you are on the flip side. I will say, it really is cool when we have a white Christmas. Thanks … I love that you love them.

  • I would actually frame and hang your illustrations! You should sell your own line of Christmas cards.

    • Hey there SD, You are too kind. I will be publishing an ebook with my stories very soon. :-)))

  • Such a great time of the year… awesome job on the illustrations!

    • Hi Dan, I agree. It’s one of my favorites seasons with all the food, fun, family and friends coming together. What’s there not to like. 🙂

  • Susan — another winning post. Love your illustrations, as always. Thanks!

    • Hi Jeannette, You are too kind. Thank you SOOO much. 🙂

  • Lovely post Susan. I know I’ve said this before , but your illustration are wonderful They particularly suit this one. I love the combination of words and images. As we never had thanksgiving it didn’t stir memories for me, but I could hear how it was for you. Very touching.

    • Ah… AK, You are such a great friend and support. Thank you for very kind word. I am so glad the joys of those memories shine through the song and the images. :-)))

  • I never knew this song was this long. I had heard maybe the first verse before, but this was really cool to read/see. I love holiday poems and songs, they always remind me of awesome memories with family all gathered in a warm house together.

    • Hi Kelly, The original song is actually twice as long with a whole other reframe… LOL. I thought one reframe was enough. I do too, there are so many memories associated with these older songs that it’s hard not to get a nostalgic feeling, don’t you think? ;)))

  • Johnny@ Financial Freedom

    I love Thanksgiving! And seeing this story puts me in the right frame of mind for it. I love getting up on Thanksgiving AM and smelling the amazing food that I’m going to spend the balance of the day eating.

    • Hi Johnny, It is so nice to see you here. Me too, the smells, the laughter, and all that goes with that day makes it all very special.

  • Your post definitely makes the ol’ anticipation meter go up a bit for the coming Holidays. I’m making my first trip to NYC over Thanksgiving, but the tree at Rockefeller Center won’t be lit until the week after. I love all the imagery in this song and your illustrations totally bring the song to life.

    • Hi Jeri, Thanks, Coming up with illustrations for the song was allot of fun. This song has always evokes some very pleasant memories and brings the spirit of the season to life.

      I have never been to NYC for the holidays, but I hear it something very special. :-)))

      • I’m hoping so since we certainly didn’t plan on a hurricane and a nor’easter hitting beforehand.

        • I hope so too. In any case, I hope you have a good time. 🙂

  • That was great. I really did not know the lyrics. Pumpkin Pie, here I come.

    • Hi Patrick, Most people only know the first few lines. I love the message that it conveys, don’t you? Oh yeah, and the Pumpkin Pie too… LOL. 🙂

  • Janelle

    This is a familiar song from my childhood, too. Thanks for the reminder. Especially today, as we are in the midst of our first snow storm here in Saskatchewan!

    • Hi Janelle, I always loved this song on a snowy day. I would build a fire in the fireplace, makes some cocoa and let the world go by. Enjoy your first snow. 🙂

  • Lovely Susan. You are just so talented. Thanks, for sharing that talent with all of us.

    • Hi Patricia, Thank you. Your kind words mean so much to me. 🙂

  • Tom Ross


    I’ve been away for a couple of weeks and am finally back to my heart’s work this weekend. Before I begin to write again, I wanted to visit the sites of the great writers and lovely people I’ve discovered in the past several months, which of course brings me here. This post is so perfectly you- filled with beauty and life and energy.

    So happy to be connected again.


    • Hi Tom, I am glad you’re back. You have become a welcome visitor and good friend. Thank you for such heart felt and heart warming words. They mean allot to me. 🙂

  • Simone Iantorno

    Very creative! It makes me so nostalgic and ready for Christmas! Cant forget Thanksgiving!

    Visiting from so cal lady bloggers!

    • Hi Simone, Welcome and thanks for visiting. Thank you for the nice compliment. I agree, we can’t forget about Thanksgiving. 🙂

  • HomeJobsbyMOM

    That’s so cute! You are very talented!!

  • Lubna

    Panchtantra is Indian folk lore which comprises of wise animals that talk. I will forever love these stories. Happy thanksgiving to you and your loved ones.

    • Hi Lubna, That sounds really interesting. I would love to learn and hear more about that. I send m blessing to you and yours, my friend. 🙂

  • The illustrations are fabulous!
    You just made me a little bit more excited that Christmas is coming….wasn’t sure I could get more excited but you did it 🙂

    • Hi Rebecca, I LOVE Christmas too. The closer it gets the more excited I get. We can be (very) excited together. :-)))

  • Adrienne Jones

    Susan, you’re making me want Thanksgiving, and sweet potato pie and snow RIGHT NOW! 🙂

    • Hi Adrienne, How cool. It so fun when I can evoke that kind of feeling through my humble drawings. Ok, I also can’t wait for sweet potato pie… Yum. 🙂

  • Grace

    Love it. I didn’t know all the words, now I do! Your drawings are great!

    • Hi Grace, I love this song for all the memories it evokes. There is actually a whole other stanza to it that is just as cool. 🙂

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  • Karen Lupien

    Hi Susan, I was googling images for a holiday bulletin board for my math classroom, and I came across your illustrations for Over the River & Through the Woods. I’m wondering if I may have your permission to use a couple of your drawings — the two I’m looking at in particular do have your name, so credit would be given. I love your work!

    • Hi Karen, Thanks for asking and yes you may. By the way, My dad was math teacher and math was part of my studies in undergrad. 🙂