Charming May Day Baskets

Handing out May Day baskets is a charming and gentle activity for children and adults. It’s a tradition that Louisa May Alcott wrote of in “Jack and Jill” (Chapter 18):

“The job now in hand was May baskets, for it was the custom of the children to hang them on the doors of their friends the night before May-day; and the girls had agreed to supply baskets if the boys would hunt for flowers, much the harder task of the two. Jill had more leisure as well as taste and skill than the other girls, so she amused herself with making a goodly store of pretty baskets of all shapes, sizes, and colors, quite confident that they would be filled, though not a flower had shown its head except a few hardy dandelions, and here and there a small cluster of saxifrage.” (a type of herb called Greater Burnet 

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  1. Hey, Sarah/Debbie, glad to see this May basket stuff; had almost forgotten and let it get by me; maybe gd coming over later, but she may be going to a bd party

    1. Hi Donna, I didn’t realize how long it had been since I was last here checking messages.

  2. Reblogged this on Sarah's Attic Of Treasures and commented:

    May Day is almost here. Have you made a May Day Basket for anyone?

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