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The Pineapple - A Symbol of Hospitality, but why?

Welcome! says the "Pretty Pineapple" hung in your home. What a great idea for a painting party for homeowners in a model home. Hosted by David Weekly Homes, we painted crazy colorful pineapples, shared wine & hors d'oeuvres, and had a blast.  We also had a group of co-workers from St. Vincent Hospital host a party to paint "Pretty Pineapple" with lots of food, drink and laughter.

I was curious why the pineapple was a symbol of hospitality, so I did a search. I found two very cool stories about Christopher Columbus and about New England sea captains.

In the first story, Christopher Columbus traveled to the Caribbean Islands in 1493. His crew immediately noticed the oddly-shaped fruit that looked like pine cones on the outside but were firm like apples on the inside.  They took them back to Europe. With the rarity of fresh fruit and sugar in Europe, any guest who was invited to a party where a whole pineapple was displayed, knew that no expense was spared in guaranteeing the guests' enjoyment. It was this that made the crowned fruit the high symbol of social events and became the meaning of welcome, friendship, and hospitality.

The second legend began with the sea captains of New England, who sailed among the Caribbean Islands and returned to the colonies bearing their cargo of fruits, spices and rum. According to this legend, the captain would spear a pineapple on a fence post outside his home to let his friends know of his safe return from sea. The pineapple was an invitation for them to visit, share his food and drink, and listen to tales of his voyage. As a result, the presence of a pineapple signaled the presence of hospitality.

Well there you have it. These fantastic groups of neighbors, coworkers, and friends had the right idea! Now they each have their own unique, hand-painted pineapple painting, hanging in their homes to welcome family and friends! 

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