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The Cornucopia: An Iconic Symbol of Thanksgiving

Classic Cornucopia by George Thomas Florist

Ready, or not – the holiday season is upon us and Thanksgiving is less than a week away! Thanksgiving is a special holiday for many reasons, but what makes it so unique is the fact that it is the one major holiday where the meal is the main event.

Not only that, but It is also the holiday that will set the tone for the remainder of the holiday season. So why not make it beautiful with a cornucopia of your own, or some Thanksgiving flowers from George Thomas Florist?

According to lore, Thanksgiving began as the celebration of a bountiful harvest. It was – and still is – a time to reflect and give thanks through a meal shared with friends and loved ones.

One of the most iconic symbols of Thanksgiving is the cornucopia. Typically hollow and made out of wicker in the shape of a horn, it is often called the “horn of plenty.” Cornucopias represent an abundance of food and nourishment and serve as a visible reminder of the meaning of the holiday while also giving the table a finished, polished, look.

While cornucopias are most closely associated with Thanksgiving, their origin can be traced all the way back to Greek and Roman mythology. Cornucopias are even depicted on the state flags of Idaho and Wisconsin, as well as the coats of arms for Columbia, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela.

With food being the center of attention at Thanksgiving, the table itself an important part of the holiday as it often serves as the hub of the day’s activities. Long after the food is enjoyed and the dishes are put away, the cornucopia and other autumn-inspired centerpieces remain to serve as a reminder of the prosperity and good things in life for which we give thanks.

It’s never too soon to start thinking about Christmas

Since Thursday is Thanksgiving, that means Black Friday is here as well to kick off the official start of the holiday shopping season. Wouldn’t it be nice if you already had your holiday shopping done before the calendar even turned to December?

You’re in luck because George Thomas Florist is your one-stop-shop for all your holiday needs. Of course, flowers always make an outstanding gift, but we also carry a wide assortment of other holiday presents for everyone on your list.

Make things extra-easy for yourself and order your holiday flowers and gifts at the same time you place your Thanksgiving order. Let everyone else fight the traffic and the crowds while you enjoy the holiday season from the comfort of your own couch, knowing your shopping is already complete!

Ready, Set…Shop!

Bountiful Harvest Centerpiece

Bountiful Harvest Centerpiece by George Thomas

Every year it seems as though the holiday shopping season starts earlier than the last. With the elections this time around to take up some of the attention – and more importantly, the good TV commercial spots, it was practically the middle of November until the full-fledged barrage of ‘all-things-holidays’ really got a foothold.

Now with Thanksgiving just a few days away, we’re staring straight into the biggest shopping weekend of the year! That’s right, as soon as the fork hits the plate after that last bite of pumpkin pie; it’s time to shop until you drop!

Some people love lining up in front of their favorite big box stores on Black Friday hoping to score the best bargains of the season, but those hard-core shopping tactics aren’t for everyone.  Most people prefer a more leisurely pace while others want absolutely nothing to do with the entire ordeal and prefer to do all of their holiday shopping in their PJs from the comfort of their own couch.

Whichever method you prefer, now’s your chance to start that shopping that you always promise yourself you won’t put off until the last minute.  So where to start? Right here at George Thomas Florist!

Thanksgiving

Autumn Sunrise

Autumn Sunrise

Time is running out fast, but it’s not too late to get those last-minute flowers for Thanksgiving. Are you hosting a big dinner for family and friends? If so, a beautiful fall-themed centerpiece is the perfect finishing touch for your table.

If you were lucky enough to get invited to a dinner where someone else is doing the cooking, flowers make a terrific gift for the busy who will surely appreciate the gesture. Give us a call or stop in and let us help you find something truly special for this festive holiday.

Christmas

Gift Wrapped by George Thomas Florist

Gift Wrapped by George Thomas Florist

The key to successful Christmas shopping is finishing early. Imagine how many people you can cross off your list by ordering your Christmas flowers at the same time as your Thanksgiving flowers!

You can reduce a great deal of stress with one phone call and have nearly all your shopping done before you even hear your first Christmas song on the radio!

Party Time

Poinsettia Package

Poinsettia Package

When formulating a plan for your holiday shopping list, you’ll, of course, want to include the usual friends and family members, but don’t forget about the other festivities and gatherings that usually take place before the end of the year. Office parties, classroom parties, sports banquets, church services and other social events all have a habit of popping up this time of year and they usually require some sort of gift. Fortunately, flowers are always appropriate and we can help you out here too. Give us a call and let us know what you need. From centerpieces and table dressings to gifts for the host or floral décor for any room, we have you covered and we’re here to help!

Small Business Saturday

If Black Friday isn’t your style – of if you just can’t get enough – be sure to ‘shop local’ and stop by George Thomas Florist this Saturday, November 26, for Small Business Saturday and receive 20% off any Christmas item. It’s the perfect way to start the holiday season off right, so be sure to join us and #shoplocal.

Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at George Thomas Florist!

Last-Minute DIY Thanksgiving Ideas

Thanksgiving is almost here, but it’s not too late for some last-minute DIY decorating tips and craft ideas. If you’re in charge of cooking this year’s dinner but haven’t started planning yet…never fear! We even have a few tips that might help you too. Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at George Thomas!

Ideas for Easy Thanksgiving Decoratingmidwestliving3

Effortlessly Beautiful DIY Fall Centerpiecescountry living2

Thanksgiving Table Settingsmartha stewart

Fun DIY Craft Ideas for Kidsarchitecturaldesign2

Festive Wreaths to Make for Thanksgiving

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Ultra Last-Minute Thanksgiving Dinner Tips

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The Centerpiece of a Perfect Thanksgiving

Festival of Colors by George Thomas Florist

                Festival of Colors by George Thomas Florist

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s almost that time of the year once again to reflect on the things for which we are thankful as we share the beginning of the holiday season with family, friends, and loved ones.

Thanksgiving is a time to follow family traditions and many of us will gather around the table with family and friends to give thanks for the many blessings bestowed upon us throughout the year.

While traditional Thanksgiving celebrations are typically focused around food, football, parades and other fun events, stopping to give thanks is still front and foremost for many of us.

Family Gathering Centerpiece by George Thomas Florist

Family Gathering Centerpiece by George Thomas Florist

With food being such a major focus of many Thanksgiving celebrations, the table itself an important part of the holiday as it often serves as the hub of the day’s activities. Long after the food is enjoyed and the dishes are put away, the cornucopia and other autumn-inspired centerpieces remain to serve as a reminder of the prosperity and good things in life for which we give thanks.

If you are hosting this year’s Thanksgiving feast, George Thomas Florist can help give your home a festive feel with a beautiful fall-themed bouquet or a magnificent centerpiece featuring the colors of autumn for your dinner table. Make this holiday one to remember as you share this special time with family and friends.