A Forgotten Tradition: May Basket Day : NPR History Dept./ NOTE From Sarah

From Sarah : Bobby first left me a May Day Basket in Kindergarten.  It became a tradition that needed only when he died. 

May basket of flowers from young children in 1938.

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Maybe there really was a time when America was more innocent.

Back when May Basket Day was a thing, perhaps.

The curious custom — still practiced in discrete pockets of the country — went something like this: As the month of April rolled to an end, people would begin gathering flowers and candies and other goodies to put in May baskets to hang on the doors of friends, neighbors and loved ones on May 1. 

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