Tomorrow is May Day! Here is a tradition we love:
The history of May Day began many years ago. I won’t go into all of that, but if you’re interested, you can find it online. Here’s a great link: http://www.theholidayspot.com/mayday/index.htm For the sake of today, May Day is simply a way to celebrate summer, friendship, and new beginnings.
May Day is always celebrated with lots of flowers–the May Pole, May Day baskets, garlands, wreaths, etc. One May Day tradition is making a May Day basket to let your friends know you’re thinking of them. We don’t do a full basket because it can be a bit pricey, but a couple of flowers tied with a ribbon are a bit more up our alley (carnations are cheap). I also like to leave a little note that says something like, “Thinking of you. Happy May Day!” Leave your flowers on your friend’s doorstep, ring the bell, run, and hide! What a great way to brighten someone’s day!!
I got into this simple tradition from a dear teacher friend years ago. She would send home one flower with each student. Their homework that night was to find someone who needed some brightening, and to leave the flower anonymously on their doorstep. The next day they would report what they did. I loved it and incorporated the idea into my own classroom each year.
My own kids really enjoy this simple activity. Sometimes we do it anonymously; sometimes not. I think it’s good for my kids to see the reactions of the people we deliver flowers to. What a great way to teach your children about service!