Turkeys, pumpkin pies, Cornucopias, and black hats with buckles are commonly visualized when someone brings up Thanksgiving. Why is this? Because these objects are the ‘common’ symbols of Thanksgiving. Each one of these symbols is significant, in it’s own way, to Thanksgiving and each of these symbols has it’s own reason why they are part of Thanksgiving.
Turkeys is a symbolized with Thanksgiving because that is the traditional star of any Thanksgiving dinner. Many people assume that the pilgrams and Native Americans had turkey for the very first Thanksgiving. However, there is no actual proof on whether or not that this indeed was from the first Thanksgiving.
How did the turkey become a symbol of Thanksgiving? It is a symbol of Thanksgiving because wild turkey was more available than goose, which was the traditional main dish in England. The goose symbolizes the honor of the harvest, whereas, turkey symbolizes abundance and fertility.
The Cornucopia is also called the ‘horn of plenty’. Most people recongize this as a horn-shaped container that is filled with fruits that are harvested. But what many people do not realize is that in Greek mythology this came into play because the farmers gave Zeus (a Greek God) a goat’s horn as a gift for giving them such a bountiful harvest. Is it any wonder the Cornucopia became a symbol of Thanksgiving?
Black Hats with Buckles:
This symbol is supposed to represent the pilgrams from the very first Thanksgiving. There is no evidence to say that the piligrams did not wear these type of hats.
Along this same symbol, you might see little piligram statues and little Native American statues gathered around a table with food. These statues are supposed to represent the first Thanksgiving. This is more than likely a Thanksgiving myth. The true representation of these statues is friendship and appreciation of one another, no matter their differences. That is a good representation of Thanksgiving because that is what most people are thankful for.
Pumpkin pies are assumed to be part of the first Thanksgiving. However, there is no solid proof that says that pumpkin pie was served on the first Thanksgiving. Yet, it is a symbol of Thanksgiving. Why? The Native Americans considered the pumpkin a symbol of the life giving son and a symbol for man’s personal power. That is the theory anyway.
The reason that the pumpkin pie is so popular, to many people, is because it is an autumn fruit that is harvested and displayed in the fall. Therefore, it is symbolized at Thanksgiving because Thanksgiving is in the fall.
All of these symbols have come to represent Thanksgiving. There are other symbols that represent Thanksgiving but these symbols are the most popular. So, Thanksgiving is not just about the food or football. It is about friendship and giving thanks for the things that we have. Happy Thanksgivng, everyone!