Give a May Day Basket

What is more lovely than a May Day Basket for a loved one? Adults and children may gift baskets full of flowers and treats. The tradition historically celebrates spring turning into summer. This year, (depending on your location) give a May Basket and hope for spring.

May Basket

May Basket

May Day (May 1st) dates back to the Roman goddess of flowers, the festival of Flora. Roman, German and Celtic traditions also honored this day. It evolved from pagan roots to Christian celebrations crowning Mary.

Once upon a time, children would pick wild flowers, ring door bells and leave them for elderly neighbors. Although we did not plan to ding-dong-ditch, we did just that.

My one-year-old and I brought a May Basket to a senior friend from church who has been sick. We knocked on her door. We could see through the mail slot her tv is on, but she was napping. We're glad she enjoyed the treats and will have to visit another day...

I love the idea of children giving gifts and thinking of others. It's easy for kids, and all of us, to fixate on materialism and receiving. May Baskets are about simple pleasures.

"It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on idefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad." (C.S. Lewis)

Moral of the story: do a good deed; give a May Basket to brighten your neighbor's day.

My Mom gave me our first May Basket after we moved into our new home when I was pregnant with our oldest. It was on my husband's birthday, which is May Day. When we hang it every year, it reminds us of our new beginnings.

May Baskets are also an opportunity for do-it-yourself (DIY) crafts. This year is not our DIY May Basket debut, but we'll keep it in mind. Do you have a May Basket tradition?

We welcome and love inspiration. Happy May Day!

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