The topic of lesson I have learned in my English class today is Thanksgiving which is a day celebrated to give thanks for the blessing of the harvest. The teacher gave a brief history of Thanksgiving and introduced many cultural activities on this day. We felt very excited to know more about the traditional Thanksgiving treats.
There are many popular Thanksgiving foods such as stuffed turkey or pumpkin pie. The teacher showed a photo of a fruit and vegetable basket on the slide and asked us to write the names of those fruits and vegetables in English as many as possible. We felt extremely excited about this activities and ran to the board to write some names such as pumpkins, oranges, apples, grapes, berries and so on.
After we finished the activities, the teachers explained that this type of fruit and vegetable basket was called “CORNUCOPIA”. It is a horn-shaped wicker basket filled to brim with various fruits and vegetables. The word “cornucopia” derives from the Latin roots which are “cornu” meaning horn and “copia” meaning “plenty”, so another name for cornucopia is “the horn of plenty”. It is considered as the symbol of abundance in the harvest festival because this horn-shaped basket is believed to be an endless supply of food. There is an old Greek legend about the cornucopia. The Zeus’s nurse who was a goat nymph named Amalthaea offered Zeus one of her horns which could be filled with whatever the owner wished. I really like this story of cornucopia and wish I could have that horn-shaped basket full of endless grain and fruits to please my appetite.
It came as a surprise that the teacher also gifted us many dried berries, biscuits and candies. I am completely smitten with the sour-sweet flavour and the crunchy taste of the dried berries. I and my friend even made a heart of dried berries on our notebook. Looking at the reddish dried berries on the white notes aroused a delighted feeling inside me. Nibbling the sweets really made the lesson more interesting and comfortable. We had a good time in class today.