Celebrate history with May Day basket tradition – Edina Historical Society

http://www.edinahistoricalsociety.org/blog/celebrate-history-with-may-day-basket-tradition Edina Historical Society: Celebrate History With May Day Traditions  Children give to grownups, instead of the other way around. On almost every other holiday,only the 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…

May Baskets Craft Idea

http://www.theideabox.com/May_Baskets.html 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…

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

May Day Baskets | Martha Stewart

http://www.marthastewart.com/913713/may-day-baskets Martha Stewart : May Day Baskets 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.