The term Cornucopia originates from a pair of Latin words – “cornu,” meaning horn (also found in the origin of the one-horned mythical “unicorn”) and “copia,” meaning plenty (a root for common words such as “copious”). Therefore, “cornucopia” literally means horn of plenty, and is known by either name. The cornucopia symbolizes abundance in every tradition in which it is found, beginning with its depictions in ancient art as a curved goat’s horn. Because the horn of plenty is symbolic of abundance, it is usually represented as being overflowing with fruits and grains. One Greek myth reported that the cornucopia was a constant source of provision, whereby with just a wish, its owner could command it to provide as much food and drink as was desired.
The Cornucopia has long been connected with Thanksgiving in the United States, and was likely found at the first Thanksgiving in Plymouth in 1621. The Pilgrim’s would have been familiar with Celtic harvest festivals which utilized these horn-shaped baskets; it stands to reason that at their own celebration of a bountiful harvest that this tradition carried on through the settlers.
Today, as people set their holiday tables and choose striking Thanksgiving centerpieces, the cornucopia remains a popular choice. Although traditionally it would be filled with fruit, gourds, nuts and vegetables; today you are most likely to see a horn of plenty filled to overflowing with fresh, seasonal flowers. Blossom Flower Shops has created this amazing display, featured the classic curved horn, as well as sunflowers, orange roses and more fall blooms. Choose our pre-designed floral arrangement, or work with a Blossom florist to create a personalized Thanksgiving display.
From ancient Greece to modern day Yonkers and White Plains, the cornucopia remains a traditional symbol of gratitude for the abundant blessings we enjoy.