Thanksgiving Centerpieces for your Celebration

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Of all the Thanksgiving traditions, none is more anticipated than sitting down to dinner. Whether in the kitchen cooking or in the den watching football – the aromas wafting through the house are enough to make us all a little crazy waiting for the food to be ready! When you call your guests to the table this year, greet them with a spectacular new floral centerpiece from Breen’s Florist!
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Traditional Thanksgiving Celebrations

traditional Thanksgiving celebrations

As with all of our favorite holidays, traditional Thanksgiving celebrations are filled with well-loved customs and special memories. Some traditions are historical, some cultural and some are specific to our own family – but each one is anticipated eagerly. As we prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday at Breen’s Florist, we are designing beautiful creations for the seasonal decor, centerpieces, and arrangements that will transform your home. While we are preparing for Thanksgiving in Houston, we thought you would like to learn about the origins of some of our favorite holiday traditions.
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Incorporating the Cornucopia Into Your Thanksgiving Dinner Tablescape

cornucopiaThe cornucopia – – “horn of plenty,” a symbol of food, abundance, the harvest, and Thanksgiving. It dates back to the 5th century B.C., where according to Greek mythology, the horn belonged to Almathea, the goat who became Zeus’ foster mother after his mother, Rhea, sent him to live in a hidden cave on Mount Ida to keep him safe from his father, Cronus. Cronus, for whatever reason, was convinced that Zeus would try to overthrow him when he grew up. To prevent that, Cronus decided to do away with his son.

The infant Zeus lived in a cave with Almathea, the goat that nursed him and raised him as her own child. One day when the two were playing together, Zeus accidentally broke Almathea’s horn. That turned her into a unicorn.

When Zeus was old enough to realize what had happened to Almathea, he was overcome with remorse. He returned the horn to her. No one knew that the horn had acquired magical powers. Whenever the person in whose possession it was wished for something, the horn would be replenished until it overflowed.

Cornucopia – As a Symbol of Thanksgiving

The cornucopia that has become a symbol of Thanksgiving is also a symbol of prosperity. The link to prosperity is evident in the range of names that are used to describe the cornucopia.

  • Horn of Almathea
  • Food of Worship
  • Horn of Plenty
  • Harvest Cone

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In the context of food, the horn-shaped wicker basket that is a focal point of many Thanksgiving dinner tables is associated with abundance, prosperity, harvest time, and feasting. As the “horn of plenty,” it is filled with fruits, gourds, ornamental corn, nuts, flowers, and other decorative objects.

Our Fall Harvest Cornucopia has been redesigned for 2015. This year, it’s bigger and better than ever. We add sprigs of “harvest chic” dry wheat as an accent to an already stunning arrangement. We use burgundy-colored carnations, yellow daisy pompons, and red Asiatic lilies.

Thanksgiving falls on November 26 this year. Order your cornucopia from Breen’s Florist today. Bring a bit of history and tradition to your Texas-size Thanksgiving dinner table.

 

 

Infuse Your Home this Thanksgiving With Fall Warmth Through Colorful Floral Arrangements

thanksgivingOn November 26, the country will celebrate another Thanksgiving holiday. Even though Houston doesn’t get to enjoy the spectacular colors that are synonymous with fall and New England, the season is upon us, and in true Texas style, we celebrate Thanksgiving on a grand scale. After all, everything is bigger in Texas. Our floral design team here at Breen’s Florist is ready to help you bring the beauty of autumn into your home as you fill it with flowers in classic fall colors.

Thanksgiving as we know it began in 1620, along the Atlantic coast of England at Plymouth where 102 people boarded the Mayflower for their journey to the New World. The trip took 66-days, and the vessel veered far off course. They wound up on the easternmost tip of Cape Cod. Their intended destination was the mouth of the Hudson River, presumably where it meets the Atlantic Ocean.

After spending a month of Cape Cod, everyone boarded the ship, and they crossed Massachusetts Bay, ending up at Plymouth Rock. They settled in the area around the historic Plimoth Plantation site. The new colonists stayed on the ship all winter. They weren’t able to build suitable accommodations because they didn’t have the tools or supplies. More importantly, however, they didn’t have enough food to keep everyone alive until they could forage, hunt, fish or plant food to provide the entire colony with sustenance.

Thanks to a chance meeting with an Abenaki Indian who spoke English, the settlers were introduced to Squanto, an English-speaking Indian who would teach them how to survive by explaining what wild plants were edible, what to avoid, how to fish, hunt and how and what to plant.

By the fall of 1621, they were able to harvest the food crops they had planted. The colony’s governor, William Bradford, decided that a celebratory feast was in order. He invited Squanto, members of the Wampanoag Indian tribe and their chief. Historians think of that memorable feast as the nation’s first Thanksgiving celebration.

In 1863, while the country was fighting the bloodiest war on American soil, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation, thereby creating the Thanksgiving holiday that is celebrated in November.

We believe that your home and your Thanksgiving dinner table ought to reflect the spirit of this holiday — a fall feast of Thanksgiving for the abundance of food, and the delight we take in celebrating with our loved ones. Embrace the warmth of the season and bring that earthiness into your home with fall floral arrangements and centerpieces.

Our Bountiful Bouquet is a tribute to the season in all its glory. We arrange Asiatic lilies, burgundy mini carnations, and butterscotch-colored daisy pompoms. We add preserved oak leaves and goldenrod for accent. The arrangement comes in a seasonal keepsake pumpkin.