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    Does anyone else remember making May baskets, filling them with flowers you stole out of someone's garden, hanging them on a neighbors doorknob, ringing the bell and hiding'?
    We usually made our baskets in grade school, weaving paper strips or folding paper cones. When I lived in San Diego we had wild nasturtiums and carnations to fill them with. When we moved to Colorado we usually could only find dandelions, but if you picked enough they mounded really pretty.
    I 'm sure we made the older peoples day and we had so much fun. But I don't think the kids do this anymore. It's a shame.
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    I thought of those May baskets, too. We made them in grade school. And yes, the only flowers I had available were the dandelions in people's yards.

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      I think of that every May 1!!! I loved to do that when I was little.

      In Hawaii, May 1 is Lei Day. That is how I always refer to it now. Here is a picture I took on a trip to Hawaii...…

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      • #4
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        What fun! I have never heard of making May baskets. My grandchildren would love this.

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          Never heard of it but it sure sounds like a lot of fun.
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          • #6
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            I remember mom talking about the May pole but not baskets.

            J wanted to get flowers for me at the grocery store one day. Morgan told him she'd find out what kind of flowers wouldn't make my allergies act up. Jim was standing there when she asked, he blurted out faster than lightning ... Silk!
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            • #7
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              Never heard of that, but oh what a lovely thing to do. I do remember the May Pole dance....never got it right, but loved it.

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              • #8
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                I remember doing this too. I recall getting 1 basket.

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                • #9
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                  I would be very upset if someone came into my yard and stole my flowers I would be even more upset if they damaged my flowers in the process of stealing them which would be very likely if it was children in a hurry who didn't know how to cut the flowers to minimize damage.

                  If you want to gift someone with flowers, pick flowers in the wild or purchase them from a store. Stealing them from someones yard is not nice.
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                  • #10
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                    I've never heard of this. Probably because we don't plant our flowers until late May and the tulips and bulbs don't come up until after May 1.

                    A cute idea, and definitely more thoughtful if the children picked the dandelions.

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                    • #11
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                      We always did that when I was growing up. The only place we picked the flowers was from Granny's yard and then we put them in the paper basket to give back to her. We had so much fun knocking on the screen door, then hiding around the corner to see her face. Granny always played along. My husband's aunt has made small baskets into cones from lace doilies and filled them with small artificial flowers for 40-50 years and mailed them to us. She passed away this last year so this is our first year without one.

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                      • #12
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                        I remember May Day and making the flower baskets. And we actually had very kind and understanding neighbors who were OK with the flowers we "stole". They likely were having someone else's sweet baskets of flowers hung on their doors.
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                        • #13
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                          My sister and I used to do this. I did do this in the first neighborhood we lived in. We lived there 12 yrs, and I started it in May of 1982. I would sometimes put seed packets (flowers) in the May Basket, and the ladies of the neighborhood ACTUALLY used them to my surprise.
                          I have lived in my present neighborhood since January 1993....and there's just one other couple who has lived here in my neighborhood longer than I have. I don't know why I never neighbored like I used to in the previous neighborhood. In the first neighborhood we had block parties, garage sales, etc. We all spent time with our neighbors back then. On Halloween I normally gave out hotdogs instead of candy. All the parents loved this. They would come to our house FRIST the kids would eat their hotdog treat, while we parents drank cider, coffee or tea. Everyone loved the idea of my hotdog treat....My mom did this for years too. When we moved, the hotdog thing was tried....but never caught on...That was so sad.

                          I think the reason why I never did anything like we did in the "old" neighborhood was that the people that live here, just seem to want to be by themselves????
                          Of course, now that the neighborhood has new families here, maybe this would be a good time to get something started!!! The people that live in my small subvision are all nice and while we don't talk too much, we wave, etc. Unlike the first neighborhood I knew who the kids parents were that always seem to love to be in our yard. My DH Terry and I would play card games with the neighbor kids, etc. I taught some of the children how to sew. My DH taught them how to draw. When the boys got older my DH Terry took quite a few of the neighborhood boys under his wing and taught them out to care for their cars, etc.
                          We were the ones that always had several of the kids friends from the neighborhood & school spend New Years Eve night at our home.(we did do this at our present home location too) All the parents went out for New Year's Eve, and Terry & I always had a houseful of kids and it was a lot fun.
                          The biggest thing we did was to take 25 kids to the local county fair one year! We had so much fun and the kids friends STILL talk about how much fun they always had at our home. Many of these kids of course are adults with families of their own, but I still get calls from those kids even now. I think the one thing that really surprised me over the years was how many of these friends of our 4 kids will always go to the cemetery and put something on my DH's grave 2-3 times a year.

                          Thanks for the memories of May Day......and maybe next year, I will do this and see what happens!
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                            The junior high school I went to held a big May Day celebration every year. Four times a year in PE class, they would have posture competitions. Your PE uniform had to be clean and crisp and we walked around the gym (girls only) and were judged on our posture.

                            The seventh grade girls got chosen for the daisy chain. I can't remember what the eighth graders did, well the ninth graders either!!! But each grade had a princess and a duchess, and then the ninth grade had the May Queen. The was also a maypole where they wove the ribbons around it.

                            I got every single posture star in the three years, but only got selected one year to take part, and I can't even remember what I did!!

                            Crikey.
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                            • #15
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                              I live in a small village and our elementary school is K thru third grade. Every year they make May baskets and each basket has a Marigold planted in it and then then on May Day they go to every house and hang a basket on the door knob. Fun to see the teachers and their class going up and down the streets carrying May baskets.

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