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Posted by City Line Florist on November 20, 2015 Holidays Thanksgiving

History of the Cornucopia

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We will celebrate Thanksgiving Day on November 26, 2015 . Of the many iconic symbols associated with this holiday only one has its roots in ancient history dating back to the 5th century B.C.  You can count on City Line Florist to help you add a touch of nature to your Thanksgiving dinner table, with a gorgeous cornucopia filled with beautiful fresh flowers. 

History Behind the Harvest Cornucopia Basket

The cornucopia, or “horn of plenty,” as we know it today dates back to the 5th century B.C. It’s origins are widely believed to come from Greek mythology. As with many Greek myths, there is more than one version of the original story. Such is the case with the cornucopia.

The word “cornucopia” comes from two Latin words: “cornu,” meaning horn, and “copiae,” meaning plenty.

The Greek myth suggests that the cornucopia sprang from a story about Zeus, the king of the Gods, and the son of Cronus and Rhea. Cronus was convinced that when his son grew up, Zeus would overthrow him. Determined to prevent that from happening, Cronus hatched a plan to get rid of his son.

When Rhea learned of her husband’s fear and what he intended to do, she arranged to protect Zeus. She sent him away to live in a cave on Mount Ida, where he’d be cared for by Almathea, a goat who became Zeus’ surrogate mother. Almathea nurtured and protected Zeus as if he was her own child. They played together, and during one of their playful episodes, Zeus accidentally knocked Almathea’s horn off of her head, transforming her into a unicorn.

As Zeus grew up, he was consumed with remorse. Ultimately, he returned the horn to Almathea, its rightful owner. The horn had acquired supernatural powers. In early Greek art depictions of the horn, it overflowed with fresh fruit and flowers.

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Rustic Cornucopia

In the history of Thanksgiving, the cornucopia was either a horn-shaped gourd or basket that was filled with freshly harvested produce, nuts, grains, and often flowers. We captured the essence of this historic Thanksgiving symbol by filling our “Rustic Cornucopia” with large yellow sunflowers, fall leaves, daisies, and cattails. This arrangement is a must-have centerpiece for your Thanksgiving dinner table.

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Horn of Plenty

Our “Horn of Plenty” is a capacious cornucopia of color. This festive centerpiece is perfect for any holiday gathering! This beautiful cornucopia centerpiece is filled with sunflowers, roses, hypericum, & purple kale, and is accented with oak leaves and curly willow tips.

 Don’t miss out on your chance to have a beautiful cornucopia centerpiece on your Thanksgiving holiday table. Order it today from City Line Florist