May Day

Create May Day Baskets

I remember gathering all the necessary supplies — cups, pipe cleaners, popcorn, and candy.  Then, my mom would help my sister and I make homemade May Day baskets.  When we were all done we would hop in the car and my mom would drive us to our friends’ homes.  We would dash out of the car, race to the door, place the cup on the porch and ding the doorbell before racing back. You didn’t want to get caught or you would get kissed!  Do you participate in the May Day basket Tradition?

 

Passing on The May Basket Tradition

May 1st is next week and you better believe we will be making and passing out May Baskets.  They have been counting down the days for weeks now!  Last year, I took a poll on my insta-stories and less than 50% knew what a May Day basket was so I thought it was my duty to fill you all in on the sweetest little tradition!  Funny enough, May baskets used to be a fun tradition across the USA but over the decades, the fun tradition has died out.  You can read more about May Baskets here.

The good news is you can bring the fun to your neighborhood.  When we first moved into our neighborhood very few people knew what a May Day basket was and I had to text them to let them know there was a treat the door.  However, more people participated the following year.  Now, there is no shortage of doorbells dinging and racing feet around our neighborhood.

The May basket tradition may have died off but you can quickly rekindle it with your kids!  What better way to treat your friends and neighbors and spread a little bit of cheer.

 

How to Make a May Day Basket

You don’t even have to go to the store.  We often use solo cups and fill the cup with popcorn and candy!  You can make a handle out of a pipe cleaner and use a hole punch to affix the pipe cleaner to the handle.  You can also use strips of decorated paper and attach it to the cup with staples! If you don’t have cups, a rolled up paper-cone with a paper handle does the trick too!  It doesn’t really matter what’s in the cup!  Fill the cup with popcorn, candy, raisins or any other treats you would like.

 

Will you try May Day Baskets?

If you don’t do it in your area, start it!  What better way to get to know your neighbors and spread joy to your friends!  In an era of technology and less human interaction, it’s fun to pass on a fun tradition!  We might not be able to prank call the boy we like anymore but we can teach our kids the fine art of ding-dong ditching (within reason of course ;)!  The simplicity of the basket makes it an easy activity to do even if you forget until the last minute which is what usually happens around here!  Happy May Day!

 

May Day 2015

 

 

Until next time, keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life.
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May Day 2014

Every year May Day creeps on me, I blame it falling smack dab at the beginning of the month.  This year I remembered a few weeks prior and and nerd alert, I set a reminder on my phone so I could buy some candies to accompany the popcorn.  Many years I have just scrounged the pantry as I am sure many generations of mom’s before me have.  I am sure that is why popcorn is included, it generally is a pantry staple.  I have found kiddos don’t really care what is in it, it is more fun just to get something from a friend!  Solon loved ding-dong ditching this year and we had TONS more neighbors this year he could deliver to!  He went from wearing flip-flops to crocs to his tennis shoes…he needed to be fast!
We assembled them while Vera was napping…
It was a windy day so we forgo-ed the cups quickly and went with bags!
We did make a special delivery to a few friends not in our immediate neighborhood.  Solon liked the fast car getaway too!
Here’s a video clip of him delivering the goods, he took it very seriously.  He was watching a little boy 3 years older than him do it and taking mental notes :).  He was so excited when our doorbell rang a few times.  Our new non-Iowa native neighbors were caught quite surprise by this fun tradition!
Happy May Day!

May Day 2013

This post is a tad late but I am still in the month of May so we are good since the holiday is titled “May Day”!    It is one of those holidays I love but totally don’t remember until someone knocks on our door…luckily this year our 1st basket arrived in the morning so I had time to scurry to our pantry and dig up some “treats”.  We actually had 1 bag of microwave popcorn, raisins, spring m&m’s and some fruit leathers…We had enough to make family baskets for 5 families.  Solon and I whipped up some labels on my silhouette machine and made the baskets together.  He loves doing special projects while little sister is sleeping.  When she woke up, I taught him the phrase, “Ding dong ditch” and he caught on QUICK!  We had to drive to all of the places since we don’t have any immediate neighbors yet (next year!!).  We even got ding dong ditched too which he thought was great….
I love doing this holiday with my kiddos because I have fond memories of hiding in bushes and running like crazy from house to house with my little baskets.  I am so glad people around here carry on this tradition, one to keep for sure!!!  We do write our names so people know the food is “safe” – keeping it 21st century here and we had to text a few so that they would check their door :)!
Happy May Day!

Happy May Day 2012

Happy May Day!  I love the old way, the cliche, kids playing with their neighbors, talking over fences, playing til the sun goes down, kids running between yards, riding bikes, and doing things kids have been doing for decades…That is why I love May Day!  Something I did as a child that has not gone out of date with iPads, cell phones, and netflix – just good old fashion fun with ding dong ditching and leaving a little cup (or bag if you are like me and forget) filled with popcorn and candy!  Solon, of course, had an ok difficult time parting with the candy!  We filled our bags with homemade popcorn (you know the seeds put in a paper bag kind and pop in the microwave – works great), dum-dum lollipops and tootsie rolls!  Solon “wrote” his name on each one and off he and daddy went to “quickly” deliver the loot!  He is quite the runner and escaped a couple of times without being caught but his buddy Caleb was ready for him and caught him about the time they both reached the cornfield…what fun!
preparing the bags…while chewing on some candy (1 for me, 1 for you mantality 😉
ding-dong…

…ditch (note the little boy already at the door but he didn’t know to chase Solon!)
Happy May Day – May you find a little happy today!

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