As we enter the holiday season, it’s time to begin thinking about decorating your home for the holidays. What a better way to decorate your living room or family room than with a little bit of fresh green foliage! Capture the spirit of the season and infuse your home with a taste of holiday cheer by including a gorgeous seasonal wreath or fabulous floral bouquet inside your home. Take a look at the beautiful collection of handmaid holiday designs, created by our very own floral artisans at Walter Knoll Florist.
Perhaps the most classic symbol of the Thanksgiving meal , the cornucopia occupies a position of esteem on our holiday tables. The word cornucopia is Latin for ‘horn of plenty’, and traditionally signifies prosperity and plentiful abundance. The “horn” is so named because of a Greek legend which explained that the first cornucopia was a goat’s horn. According to mythology, the goats horn had magical powers from Zeus himself; and offered an endless supply of food and drink. Because of its symbolism which includes prosperity, good fortune and plenty, the cornucopia was linked with several diverse Greek and Roman deities; including Plutus, the god of riches, and Fortuna, the goddess of good luck.
Later generations would translate this abundant provision into baskets spilling over with nuts, berries, fruits, and flowers. The cornucopia was associated with Celtic harvest festivals in Europe; because of this, the Pilgrims would have incorporated the horn of plenty into their own harvest celebration. This may be why most associate the origin of the cornucopia with that first Thanksgiving. The hollow, horn shaped basket would have been filled with crops, wild fruits and gourds; in more modern times, flowers are generally used.
To decorate your home and holiday table with beautiful autumn displays, including traditional cornucopias, come visit Walter Knoll Florist. We will work with you to create a stunning horn of plenty centerpiece, employing some of the most vibrant flowers of the season – rust and yellow mums, elegant orange roses, red carnations and more. Stop into our St. Louis flower shop to order your bouquet or centerpiece, and then relax and enjoy your meal with friends and family. Happy Thanksgiving from us to you.
When you think of Thanksgiving, what comes to mind?
In the most ancient of harvest festivals, fierce sporting competitions and games were a part of the festivities. So perhaps it is no wonder that we still look to sports to entertain us during our “harvest” gathering. From the high school level up to the NFL, football is a Turkey Day tradition. But in many cases, one need look no farther than the backyard – many families hold cherished annual football games that can get every bit as competitive as the pros – not to mention work up a great appetite!
Thanksgiving Day parades are also a beloved way to make the time pass before dinner; the New York City Macy’s Day Parade being the most iconic. Few people realize that the parade was instituted in 1924 for a very non-sentimental reason. Wanting to maximize the retail opportunity of the Christmas season, large department stores put on massive shows to draw in the customers and begin the holiday retail season. Macy’s wasn’t the first store to hold a parade – Gimbel’s owns that honor – but the Macy’s parade is the one that has continued through the decades, right up until present day.
Of course, the most anticipated part of Thanksgiving is dinner! Inspired by the legendary feast of 1621, when Pilgrims hosted the Indians to thank them for their help with the crops – modern day Thanksgiving is still an abundant harvest of food. While turkeys were served at that first event, they were not by any means the main course – there was also deer, seafood and many fruits and vegetables. No one really knows why the turkey has emerged as the entree of choice, but there is no denying it is – it is estimated that 95% of us will enjoy the bird this Thanksgiving.
The holiday table, and those gathered around it, remains the truest expression of Thanksgiving. The vibrant autumn centerpieces and fall bouquets from Walter Knoll Florist are sure to bring beauty and charm to any dinner table this Thanksgiving. Come into one our St. Louis flower shops to order your Thanksgiving centerpiece today – and then you can concentrate on practicing for the big game!