I don’t really like most Thanksgiving decorations, but after all the Halloween decorations come down, something needs to fill the void until I’m ready to look at reindeer and shepherds. What to use? I’ve never been terribly enamored of the turkey image as a decoration, in part because I was a vegetarian for many years and could see nothing thanks-worthy from either the turkey’s perspective or mine. So I settled on the image of the cornucopia, the horn of plenty, overflowing with vegan alternatives to the traditional poultry-centric feast.
I don’t actually like to eat the squashes any more than the turkey, but the colorful gourds looked better to me than a corpulent condemned bird. Anyway, we all know the association of the turkey with Thanksgiving comes from the pilgrims who landed at Plimoth in 1620. But where does the cornucopia image come from? (more…)