The Cornucopia

By Todd McBride on November 20, 2015 in Thanksgiving. 0 Comments

cornucopiaThe Thanksgiving table, for some, is a work of art. The good china comes out of the cabinet, the wine glasses are carefully placed alongside engraved place settings; and among the bowls of classic holiday fare is a show-stopping centerpiece. For many, Thanksgiving dinner simply would not be the same without the traditional cornucopia, overflowing with seasonal abundance.

Cornucopia is derived from the Latin words translated as “horn of plenty”. The wicker basket resembles a goat’s horn in shape; a fact which speaks to the cornucopia’s rich history, dating back to ancient Greece and Rome. Tales of cornucopias are found in Greek mythology, and statues of Roman gods and goddesses carry the basket in their arms. The horn of plenty has been a symbol of prosperity and abundance for thousands of years – in Europe, it was used in Celtic harvest festivals celebrating the bounty of the season.

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When the Pilgrims and Indians had their historic meal in 1621, it was likely the cornucopia was on the table. The settlers would have filled the horn with local fruits and vegetables, gourds, nuts and flowers.

In this tradition, Billy Heroman’s offers the Rustic Cornucopia to adorn your holiday table. Yellow and orange blooms such as roses, lilies, sunflowers and daisies spill out of the basket; while fall accents such as cattails, foliage and berries complete the autumnal display.

If you are looking for spectacular holiday décor for your Thanksgiving dinner, or for any other gathering of friends and family this season – Billy Heroman’s is your one-stop floral shop. We can create striking centerpieces or bouquets that will bring the abundance of the fall season into your home. From ancient Greece to modern Baton Rouge, people have recognized the need to give thanks for the blessings in their life. From our family at Billy Heroman’s Flowers and Gifts to yours – Happy Thanksgiving.

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