A May Day Tradition

Of course, we’ve all heard about the tradition of the Maypole, though many of us haven’t seen it. But, when I was a child, for May Day, we used to go gather wild flowers, make a tiny, usually sad looking bouquet, leave it on our front doorstep, knock on the door and then Run as fast as we could out of sight so our mom wouldn’t see us when she opened the door. She could probably hear us out of breath and laughing around the corner though.

This tradition seems to have gone to the wayside, but it was such a fun one for us as kids, it really should be brought back. Growing up in Michigan, we didn’t have a lot of spring flowers blooming yet, but we just gathered what we could find, tied a bow around it and called it our May Day bouquet.

In France, the lily of the valley became a symbol of May Day after Charles IX received one as a good luck charm on May 1rst. The lily of the valley is one of my favorite flowers, and always brings back memories of my grandma’s house – sitting beside the lily of the valley overflowing around the big trees in her yard, imagining they were tiny little fairy bells. Perhaps a tiny sprig of Lily of the Valley would be a nice gesture this year…

 

Cute little bear with purple flowers
Cute little bear with purple flowers

 

May Day bouquet
May Day bouquet

 

Lovely lilac bouquet
Lovely lilac bouquet

 

May Day basket
May Day basket

 

Lily of the Valley
Lily of the Valley

 

May Day Door Hanger
Bouquet Door Hanger
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