May Day 2011: How To Celebrate & Some Fun Ideas For The Family
Happy May Day!
Traditionally today is a time when people around the world officially welcome Spring. Depending on where you are in the world, the various traditions vary. Regardless of the tradition one thing is common among all – flowers and spring fun!
Dancing around the May Pole is a tradition many are familiar with and another is hanging a basket of spring flowers and other goodies on a neighbour’s doorknob. When you hang the baskets, you are supposed to do so secretively because traditionally if your neighbor sees you, you are supposed to get a kiss! In London, children go from house to house bringing flowers and getting pennies in return which are then tossed in a wishing well and donated to charity. In Hawaii May day is called Lei Day and many people gift each other with leis.
Regardless of where you are from, one thing is for sure – May Day is the perfect excuse to get creative and spend some quality time with your kiddies!
Today my girls and I will be following one tradition – the making of May Day baskets! This simple and oh so fun craft takes very little time and children love it. Once you have completed your baskets, they can be filled with flowers or candy and then hung about the house or dropped off at neighbours houses as mentioned above.
If you don’t have any fresh flowers nearby, try making your own!
A little refreshment will be needed after all that work and Fizzy Strawberry Punch is the perfect choice! I made this just the other day and it was a huge (I mean HUGE) success. The girls thought the floating strawberries were a brilliant touch.
1 can/carton Strawberry Punch
Diced strawberries and whole strawberries for garnish.
Mix the fruit punch as per the directions on the can/box, mixing 1 part water and the rest club soda. Then, place a few chopped strawberries in a glass and fill with punch. If you like, garnish with a whole strawberry.
If you are looking for some more crafty ideas check out About.com, as they have a great selection!
Photo credit: A Field Day, Kaboose and Child Mode