By Lauren Mason of Sterilite Corporation
April showers bring May flowers! May Day baskets are a fun springtime tradition. Back in the 19th century, people rang in the first of May with these charming baskets. They would take all the flowers they had gathered at the end of April’s showers, arrange them in a pretty basket along with some gifts, candy, and homemade baked goods. Then they would deliver the May Day Baskets to family and friends, ring the doorbell, and run away. It was a way of welcoming in the warmer weather.
The May Day Basket tradition is still practiced by some individuals, but it is unfamiliar to most. I believe that we should all make an effort to bring this lovely tradition back! It is a great craft that you can do with your kids and it is fun, inexpensive and easy to make. With a little ribbon and Easter grass, Sterilite’s storage basket and large storage basket make for a perfect May Day Basket.
Below are some reasons why we should continue this May Day Basket tradition:
- Giving is anonymous: Reciprocity is not expected. You leave the basket on the doorstep, ring the doorbell and run. It is a nice version of "Ding Dong Ditch." When you receive a May Day Basket, you do not feel obligated to give one back. It is just simply an act of kindness.
- Children learn the fun of giving: On almost every other holiday, children receive gifts but they never experience the true joy of giving. May Day Baskets will teach kids how great it is to do something kind for someone else.
- Spring has sprung: May Day Baskets are a fun and simple way to celebrate spring and welcome in the warm weather!