Happy May Day!

Happy May Day!  I have many fond memories of hanging may baskets when I was a kid, but I haven’t done it in many years.  My mom, grandmother, and I used to make May baskets from small cartons and decorate them with tissue paper.  I looked for an example online, but I couldn’t find one that looked like the ones we used to make.  I did find this version of a May basket (which is more like a paper cone) and there are some other cool craft ideas in the related articles at the bottom of this post.

We would fill the May baskets up with homemade cookies, brownies, and peanut butter balls and deliver them to people in the neighborhood.  As a kid, I always enjoyed hanging the baskets on the door (and on one occasion, on the handlebars of a motorcycle).  It’s so much fun to celebrate May Day because it’s almost like a random act of kindness–it’s not one of the major holidays that most people celebrate (at least here in the US), so people are more surprised when they find a basket of treats on their doorstep.

Today was a little rainy to be hanging May baskets, but my weekly flower delivery brightened up my day:

Do you have any special May Day traditions?  I would love to hear about your May Day memories in the comments!


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