May Baskets: Worth Remembering

April 30, 2018

Most of us have heard about may baskets. A few may have even given or received them.

But it's no secret that the practice has long since deteriorated and meshed with the giving of Easter baskets.

Maybe it's just a personal opinion, but I think (and several residents agree with me) that May baskets are even more fun than Easter baskets.

May baskets held treasures, originally just flowers, but over time, the basket began to hold flowers, candies, even trinkets.

The real fun was in the giving-not the receiving-as is often the case now.

Children carefully picked out flowers and made or bought candies based on the recipients preference.

But perhaps the biggest thrill of all was hanging the basket (usually on the doorknob) and ringing the doorbell. As soon at the doorbell rang, the children were to scamper off and hide, watching in secret as the receiver delighted in the basket and wondered who might've given it.

Isn't this tradition beautiful? Many residents in our home remember when this tradition was widespread and have fond memories of crafting their own baskets. This was the generation that learned that giving was better than receiving. We would do well to learn from their example.


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