May Day


A tradition for many hundreds of years, May Day Baskets are popular among children and meant to demonstrate the joy of gift giving.

The history of May Day dates back to pre-Christian Europe as a tribute to Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers. Flower -centric festivals are customary still today. Often popular among children, the first day of May has slowly evolved into a celebration of giving, once referred to as “bringing in the May.”

The tradition of May Day begins with a basket or container brimming with flowers and small gifts. The May Day basket is quietly and secretly placed on the doorstep of a neighbor or loved one, demonstrating the gift of giving without receiving. (Victorian Magazine)

When I was young, I left flowers on the door step of my home, rang the door bell and then ran away. When I was older, I sent flowers to my mom every May 1. She’s no longer with me, but when I see fresh flowers on May 1 I am instantly transported to that 6 year old, eager self that only wanted to surprise her.

Today, a friend sent me flowers…out of the blue…and I was grateful! Make someone’s day…