The Cornucopia is a common decoration at Thanksgiving time. In our house, we celebrate the abundance of the universe and give thanks for all we have – before the trees go up and the lights go on them. One of our traditional decorations is a cornucopia.
The history of the cornucopia is found in mythological stories about Zeus. As a baby, Zeus was cared for by a goat who nursed him. He accidentally broke off one of her horns. This horn had the divine power to provide unending nourishment. The goat was recovered by Zeus and placed in the sky as Capricorn. In another myth, Heracles wrestled with the river god Achelous and ripped off one of his horns.
This ever-giving horn is often called the Horn of Plenty. In some cultures, the Cornucopia represents salvation. In ancient Greece, it is a symbol of spiritual abundance and is often an attribute of Greek gods and goddesses.
Horn-shaped baskets are used in some farming cultures, slung over the back to free hands for harvesting. These beautiful baskets decorate Thanksgiving tables in many countries.
Why is it important to have a special day to give thanks? Giving thanks is good for the spirit. It reminds us of our blessings. It puts good energy into the world. Being thankful is an important attitude to have.
Thanksgiving Day, celebrated in the United States and Canada, gives thanks for the harvest and other blessings of the year. In America, the general belief is that this holiday is modeled after a 1621 feast shared by the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag people.
Today we need to remember to be thankful in this abundant world. May you have a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving celebration with friends and family!