Gratituesday: May Day Preparations

Because they are growing boys with “big boy” interests, I figured they wouldn’t even give May Day a second thought this year. This morning, they proved me wrong when one of them said, “Mom, tomorrow is May Day. We need to get baskets ready so we can surprise people tomorrow!”  Everyone agreed that delivering May Day Baskets was necessary. Who am I to argue?

It is possible that the adventure of surprising people is what draws them in. And yes, it’s very likely that the food going into the baskets is what excites them even more. Quality control is done thoroughly around here to be sure. ;)

But they all chose a family they wanted to deliver a basket to, and plans were made for how we should fill them. Tonight, baking supplies are out and ready so we can start putting goodies into the oven in the morning. (Because yes, I over-ruled the idea that we should buy lots of candy to fill the baskets…)


I’m glad my boys still enjoy these simple, fun little holiday traditions. And as a side note – today I got to have a lunch date with our 10 year old, Elias. Here we are as we were heading out the door to his favorite restaurant…

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Comments

  1. Brooke says

    Maybe I missed something??? Mayday Baskets just for fun – like your family tradition?
    What a great way to treat others!

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    Laura Reply:

    The tradition as we know it is…you put together a basket of goodies and try to sneak it up onto someone’s porch without them knowing who it was that delivered it. It’s just a fun way to celebrate spring. I’m sure there’s some deeper meaning to it, but all I’ve ever known is that it’s a fun (and sneaky!) way to bless someone on the first of May! :)

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    Brooke Reply:

    Sounds like a great blessing!

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    Melissa Reply:

    We always sneaked flowers onto their porches.

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  2. Kathy McConnell says

    Maybe it’s a Nebraska thing? Have a great May Day!

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    Daphne Reply:

    It’s not just a Nebraska thing. We’re from MO and we did it a lot growing up. I haven’t done it in years though! It’s probably just dying off like most “olf fashioned” things! :)

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  3. says

    What a cool tradition! I’d never heard of it before. You’re such a fun, cool mama, Laura!
    Linking up today…….

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  4. crystal garcia says

    That sounds really cool and sweet. Exactly what kind of goodies? Cookies? Or a nice spring cooked soup? Sorry really new to this! But loving all the new things i learn from you everyday.

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  5. says

    That’s an interesting tradition. I’ll have to keep that in mind for next year. Do you pick a family in need or any family? Linking up today.

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  6. Laura says

    wow! i cant believe how many people haven’t heard of this before! we always used to do this when i was a kid, only we would make a cone and fill it with flowers :)

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  7. Jean says

    I love the May Day basket tradition. I think it’s a regional thing, isn’t it? Laura, it’s getting harder and harder to sort through the Gratituesday posts again – I’m not complaining, really, because I enjoy ALL the posts, but I love being reflective on Gratitude on Tuesday wihtout being distracted by all the recipes (which are creeping back in) and was so grateful when you set guidelines on the day. Just my thoughts. If I’m wrong, please tell me.

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    Laura Reply:

    Yes, if frustrating that people are still not all following the guidelines. I haven’t had time yet today to be “Gratituesday police” but plan to do that shortly to delete the posts that aren’t related to our theme.

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  8. Daphne says

    I’m grateful that my grandpa (a young 90 1/2 years old) has been with us as long as he has. We found out Sunday that he has pancreatic cancer. It’s pretty agressive but they caught it early (yet another reason to make health a priority) so hopefully they can treat it and he’ll get to be with us a few more years. I’m also very grateful that my boys have been able to know him and, hopefully, will remember what a great man he is!

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  9. says

    We used to make paper baskets and fill them with popcorn and M&M’s. It was so fun trying to sneak up to our neighbors’ houses…while the ones with kids were trying to sneak up to ours. :) It was so fun and I think the older people in our neighborhood really enjoyed it too.

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  10. Jenifer Parker says

    My thank you today is for a husband of almost 45 years who made breakfast and let me sleep in while he fed the 3 dogs and made that heavenly smell permeate the house. UMMMMMM B a c o n. Lord what did I do to deserve him. Ok it’s not a regular thing but I take it when it comes to me. LOL I’m usually the one making the house smell like bacon. :-)

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  11. Susan F. says

    It was always a big thing in Maine from my Grandmother’s day, early 1900’s on to when I was a child in the 60’s-70’s. Gram and later, my mother, would talk about leaving a May basket and hiding to see the ‘giftee’ come to the door and find it. The ‘giftee’ would then chase the May basket hangers and hug or kiss them. It was a big tradition here.
    I’m grateful that traditions can be passed down through the generations. We can also make new traditions within our own household family units too. Have a wonderful day.

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  12. says

    Awww, I remember getting so excited to put together May day baskets when I was a kid, such a fun tradition! No kids here yet but I hope to do that with them someday!

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  13. Shannon says

    Giving May Day baskets has been around for years and years and is most definitely not a Nebraska thing. We did it all the time when my kids were little and I’m from AZ. We now live in GA and have friends who do it. I’m not sure when or where it started but I don’t really care about such things. It’s good clean fun for both the giver and the givee. :)

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  14. says

    Laura, oops! When I went to add my link for this week, the text from my link last week was in the box, and I didn’t realize it, and hit “enter.” If you want, you can delete it (#28, about spiritual lessons learned through my missing keys).

    On a different note, I had no clue about May Day baskets? Where have I been? Still in April? ;) That looks really fun, and something I will definitely have to try next year with the boys!

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