Hospitality

May Day Baskets

Make a flower-filled basket for a friend or a friend to be!

As a real estate agent and broker, I always want my clients to settle into their new neighborhood with relative ease.  Delivering a  May Day basket is the perfect excuse to meet and greet your new neighbors.  If you are new to the block this might be a perfect way to initiate contact with your new neighbors.  If you are a 'regular' and have a new neighbor, consider making a May Basket and delivering it as a way of welcoming them to the neighborhood.  

The tradition of the ancient Roman and Druid holiday of May Day has endured for centuries.  It has been a celebration of spring turning into the pleasures of summer.  Traditionally, a 'Maypole' was the focus of the festivals.  Even today the Maypole is used in the replications of old-time festivals.  The Maypole is a tall pole in which ribbons are woven around by groups of dancers to make unique designs and patterns.  

Gathering flowers and branches became a tradition and 'bringing in the May' became a popular activity on May 1.  The giving of baskets became part of the festivities later in the evolution of May Day.  Today baskets are often made by little children, filled with candy or flowers and then placed on people's doorsteps or tied to the door handle, as they ring the doorbell and dash away before they are caught.  You can participate in this activity yourself by making a special May Day basket or by using any basket to fill with flowers to give to a friend.  

Fill a small basket with freshly gathered spring blossoms.  Tuck a small vase or something that will hold water into the bottom of the basket and fill the basket with a selection of flowers.  Tie a bow or ribbon streamers onto the handle and fasten it to the door handle of a friend or neighbor.  Possibly add a card inviting them for tea or coffee in the near future! Be creative and clever.  

Happy May everyone! Have a wonderful Derby week!

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