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…
Did you notice that it’s “grandfather’s house” and not grandmother’s? At least, that’s the way Lyda Maria Child originally wrote this in 1844. The author’s paternal grandfather, Benjamin Francis, had a house in Medford, Mass. He was a veteran of the Revolutionary War,