Thursday, April 28, 2011

May Day, May Day!



It's almost May Day chickies! I've intended to celebrate the first of May for the last two years but I always remember on May 2nd. Not this year, though. This year I'm planning ahead... by like three whole days!  Yep, the first day of May is coming and I'm praying that means flowers will soon be on the way. With all the showers we had in April, I'd say we earned it.  Showers and snow and frozen nose hairs~ it's been brisk, baby.


So hurray for May Day! What's that? You didn't know the first of May was a holiday? That's okay, I didn't either. Not until Wikipedia and Real Simple magazine told me so. 



Wikipedia: May Day was celebrated by some early European settlers of the American continent. In some parts of the United States, May Baskets are made. These baskets are small and usually filled with flowers or treats and left at someone's doorstep. The basket giver would ring the bell and run away. The person receiving the basket would try to catch the fleeing giver. If they caught the person, a kiss was to be exchanged.

Fun right? It's like doorbell ditching and mistletoe kissing all wrapped into one! 

Since May Day conveniently falls on a Sunday this year, I'm planning to do some crafting with my boys on Saturday, making little treats to leave on certain doorsteps. Maybe something like this:



or perhaps something edible: 

Oh this one is cute too... I don't know if my children could complete a craft like this without wanting to know how many licks it takes to get to the center of a tootsie pop, though. 


Whatever we decide to do, I'm most excited about the doorbell ditching. Awww yeah. 

All these cute little ideas were found on Pinterest, my new favorite website! If you want to know what it is, my friend Heather @ Mom4Life wrote a post all about it. You can read it here.

Happy May Day.... May Day 

(sorry, I could not resist)  

5 comments:

  1. my hubby and i both grew up doing may day baskets, only i just heard of the whole running and kissing bit last year.

    i always loved the crafty creativity involved with the baskets & candy - maybe we'll have to give it a go this year with our crew.

    thanks for the reminder and the fun ideas!(AND the history lesson!!)

    -h

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  2. I used to make May Day baskets every year with my grandma. We did the whole "ring and run" bit but I had no idea about the kisses. I guess that's because we never got caught! :)

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  3. Cute!Let us know how it turns out!

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  5. Me too! I have always wanted to do it with the kids, but they were too young until this year. We made some super cute tin may day baskets and are excited about delivering them tomorrow.
    We delivered one today, a day early I know, but wanted to get pics for a blog post :)
    Have fun with your boys ringing and ditching!

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