Thanksgiving is, for many, the event that signifies the beginning of the holiday season. No matter how you celebrate, it's the perfect occasion to spend time with family and friends and enjoy a great meal. However, did you ever think about some of the icons of the holiday and why they became associated with the event? Here are four items that are traditionally used as symbols of Thanksgiving'and a bit of background on why they are.
- Turkey ' The turkey is a species native to North America. While it is not known for certain whether Turkey was served on the first Thanksgiving, it was such a predominant bird that it was easy to access in the early days. While today's turkeys are bred for dining, early birds were smaller and gamier.
- Cornucopia ' Also known as the horn of plenty, the cornucopia is a concept that goes back to the B.C. days. In fact, Greek mythology stated that Zeus accidentally removed a goat's horn and to make it up to the creature, he always made sure that the goat had what she needed. Today, these are often used for d'cor, but can be filled with food.
- Pumpkin ' The history of the pumpkin on Thanksgiving is mainly owed to the fact that it is in such abundance during the fall. That's why we have so many pumpkin-flavored products this time of year. However, in addition to enjoying the taste, pumpkins make great d'cor too. Consider a pumpkin-themed floral centerpiece for your holiday gathering.
As you can see, there are many symbols of Thanksgiving'many with historical undertones. This year, when you celebrate Thanksgiving with your family and friends, why not share a few facts about the history of the holiday? Here at French Florist, we are always looking for new ways to keep the spirit of the season alive and well too. Check out our autumn bouquets, centerpieces and other offerings and bring fun and beauty to your table and home this fall.