One of the traditional symbols of Thanksgiving is the cornucopia. While many people will use the cornucopia as a centerpiece this holiday season, do you know what it symbolizes or how it came to be? Here is a bit of information about the history of the cornucopia that you can share with your friends and family this year—to make your holiday even more special.
The cornucopia, which is also called the horn of plenty, has been pictured in art and literature since the days of Ancient Greece. One of the most common mythological explanations for the horn of plenty involves Zeus. Myths state that when he was a baby, he was hidden in a cave with his “divine attendants” who helped keep him healthy and nurtured. One of those attendants was a goat named Amalthea. Zeus’ strength caused him to break off this goat’s horn, accidentally. He then presented the horn back to her as a gift, and from that point forward it provided unending nourishment (a horn of plenty).
While there are other stories about the cornucopia, in one way or another, it has become associated with the Thanksgiving holiday. Traditionally, it is depicted as a horn-shaped basket that is filled with fruit, other foods or flowers.
Add some beauty, and history, to your Thanksgiving table by choosing a cornucopia for your centerpiece this year. While you can find the baskets at craft stores and fill it yourself, your holiday is likely already busy enough. That’s why many florists offer flower-filled cornucopias that are ideal for holiday decorating.
If you’re in Columbus, Ohio, or you simply want to order delivery flowers from the best florist around, Griffin’s Floral Design is a great choice. We encourage you to check out our cornucopia centerpieces and other Thanksgiving designs and find the perfect way to add beauty to your table this Thanksgiving.