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Back in simpler times, people rang in the first of May with a particularly charming and elegant tradition: According to a report by NPR, they would take all theflowersthat they had gathered at the end of April’s showers, arrange them in pretty paper along with some gifts and candies, and then hang them on the doors of friends and neighbors as a way of welcoming them into warmer weather.
Of course, it was also a way of letting a romantic prospect know that you cared for her, as boys would often hang baskets on the doorknobs of the ladies they fancied.
Edina Historical Society: Celebrate History With May Day Traditions
Children give to grownups, instead of the other way around. On almost every other holiday,onlythe child receives gifts; they don’t get to experience the true joy of unselfish giving. My kids love giving the baskets to the neighbors as much as they enjoy getting candy from them on Halloween. The big part of the excitement has been trying to sneak around undetected.
Use brightly colored construction paper to make baskets by cutting the paper into triangle shapes. Roll the triangles into cone shaped baskets and glue or tape together, finish by adding a strip of construction paper to make a handle. Fill the basket with left over Easter grass, then add fresh flowers the children pick (even dandelions will do) or if you live in a cold climate, with no fresh flowers yet, cut pictures of flowers from magazines or gardening catalogs and glue them to toothpicks and arrange in the basket. Then have the child choose an elderly friend or relative to give their basket to.
Skip To My Lou : 10 Simple May Day Baskets To Celebrate May Day
Make simple May Day Baskets with over 10 how to tutorials. So grab some supplies and get ready for fun! This is one of our most loved family traditions! It is super easy to Celebrate May Day with these easy to make May Day Baskets and you will be so glad you did! You will especially love the printable May Day Baskets. All you need to do is download, print, cut and fold your way to a cute May Day basket. As you can see from all the ideas celebrating May Day if fun!
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
Cheryl DuLong, who works at Skylands, Martha’s home in Maine, created these charming May Day baskets by using simple household materials. Fill them with flowers, candy, or trinkets to brighten someone’s day, or follow May Day tradition by leaving baskets on your loved ones’ doorsteps on May 1.
May baskets evolved from an old tradition that involves gathering fresh flowers or placing small candies inside of a handmade basket. That basket is then hung on a neighbor’s door knob or left on the door step for its recipient to discover. The history of course, goes far deeper than that, but today we are talking baskets. One variation says that baskets were left on doorsteps, the door bell rang and the giver would run away. If the receiver could catch the giver, a kiss was to be exchanged.