This week’s edition of Works for Me Wednesday is a Greatest Hits Edition. Since I’ve been getting quite a few hits on my other blog about May Day Baskets recently, I chose this tip from last spring to replay here, including a few updated links.
When I was a little girl, I made May baskets on May 1 at Grandma S’s house for the neighbors. We used green strawberry baskets with some ribbon and pipe cleaners woven into them and made cuttings from her many flower beds. In some of my grade school classes we also made May baskets by weaving construction paper hearts and forming them into a cone or stapling paper plates together and decorating them. Traditionally, you hang a May basket on someone’s door handle, ring the doorbell, and run away before they see you. I don’t think it’s a common tradition these days, although it might depend on what part of the country you’re in. This year our family is going to use this old-fashioned holiday as an opportunity to talk to our neighbors if possible rather than leaving baskets anonymously. There are several widows and older couples in our neighborhood, so we’re going to make a few baskets with flowers and small treats for them. I found several links with some great ideas for baskets. Why not celebrate spring and being a good neighbor this year by giving away a May basket or two?
For more ideas, see my follow-up post, More May Day Baskets.