May Day Baskets, A Favorite Childhood Tradition


May Day Traditions Vintage Hankie

I spent some of my early grade school years growing up in Lincoln, Nebraska. One of my fondest memories of those years was the annual tradition of making May Day baskets for our friends and neighbors. The traditions of celebrating the coming of Spring is found in areas all over the world. The actual practice of making baskets and sharing them with others started in the late 1800’s.

May Day Fairy

I grew up in a household of six kids, where my mom always fostered our creativity as well as our doing kind things for the people around us. Making May Day Baskets fit in with both of these family values.

This was always done using items we had around the house, creating a small container that would hold the fresh spring flowers we picked around our house, maybe even drifting over to the neighbors to find something in their gardens. I remember using the bottom of milk cartons or cans, construction paper, tissue paper and paper doilies to make our sweet creations. We would share them with friends, but also with the elderly neighbors that lived near next door.