Thanksgiving Memories: The Cornucopia

Derived from the Latin Cornu = horn, Copia = abundance.

The cornucopia is a horn-shaped container overflowing with fruit, nuts, and vegetables. Its origin as a symbol of abundance comes from Greek mythology. Zeus was raised on goat’s milk by Amalthea. In gratitude, he gave her a goat’s horn that had the poser to grant the wishes of whoever possessed it. Zeus also set the image of a goat into the night sky, as the constellation Capricorn. Since the 5th century BCE, gods and goddesses, especially Fortuna, goddess of luck and fate, would be depicted carrying a cornucopia.

Today the “Horn of Plenty” is a symbol of the abundance of the harvest, most often associated in America with the Thanksgiving holiday. No longer is it a genuine goat’s horn, but rather a large, cone-shaped wicker basket. Though the material may have changed, the meaning of the cornucopia has persisted throughout the centuries, and many a horn of plenty graces the center of the Thanksgiving dinner table.

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Wishing you and your family

all the blessings of Thanksgiving

as you gather together to

celebrate and give thanks.

 

 

 

Article on the history of the wishbone tradition:

https://yourehistory.wordpress.com/2007/11/16/thanksgiving-memories-the-wishbone/

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5 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Memories: The Cornucopia

  1. lisa says:

    I have been on line for an hour trying to find out- Why a cornucopia for Thanksgiving? I finally found this article on page 8! Thank you so much!

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