by Hans Johnson

The famous painting  “Freedom From Want” by Norman Rockwell evokes many pleasant holiday memories (and confirms the inordinate strength of our mothers and grandmothers)!

One of those memories may well be the singing of the church hymn “We Gather Together” written in 1597 by the Dutch poet and composer Adraianus Valerius. After more than four centuries, there are many versions of this hymn: up-tempo, one by Celtic Woman, and one by children. There is a fine a capella rendition, too. But like most things associated with holidays, perhaps old-fashioned is best….


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