The cornucopia is a traditional symbol of Thanksgiving, but contrary to popular belief, did not originate at the first Thanksgiving at Plymouth in 1621. Rather the cornucopia has a much longer legacy and a colorful history. In honor of the impending Thanksgiving holiday, here are some little known facts about this classic arrangement.
- The word cornucopia is derived from two Latin words; cornu (meaning horn) and copia (meaning plenty). Obviously this is why the basket in also commonly called a horn of plenty.
- The shape of the cornucopia was originally modeled after a goats horn. In Greek mythology, the nursemaid who raised the child Zeus gave him a goat’s horn as a sign of reverence.
- It was in Roman mythology that the idea of the horn being symbolic of prosperity and abundance really began to take hold.
- During European harvest festivals, the horn of plenty was often filled with fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains that represented the bounty of the season. This image would have been well known by the Pilgrims.
- Modern cornucopias are generally used as décor for holidays, and tend to spill over with flowers rather than food; although gourds are still a popular item for this decorative centerpiece.
Mission Viejo Florist has several cornucopia centerpiece designs for your holiday table; featuring sunflowers, roses, lilies and daisies. We also utilize interesting and seasonal accents such as cattails, willow, kale and foliage which ensure that these arrangements exude the sentiment of Thanksgiving. Call us today to order your perfect fall centerpiece, bouquet or floral arrangement. We wish you a very happy Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends.