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Old 05-01-2014, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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One of the AVP's in our department brought in multiple May Day baskets full of candy, chips, cheezits, and nutri-grain bars, plus a couple of bags of bagels with cream cheese for everyone in the department to share.

I love my job.
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Old 05-01-2014, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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Everyone is on a diet, so I didn't go overboard with my baskets, and that's why I included a Subway sandwich gift card.

When I came back home awhile ago, there was a little May basket on my porch with a tissue paper flower, a blue crayon, and several candies. (:

Yeah, we didn't do this in Ohio. It was a Michigan thing. Iowa culture and traditions are very similar to Michigan . . . I used to get homesick for Michigan once in awhile while I lived in Ohio but I suspect I won't anymore.
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Old 05-01-2014, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Jonesboro
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Happy May Day!
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Old 05-01-2014, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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And a Happy May Day to you and everyone else! (:
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Old 05-20-2014, 12:55 PM
 
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Yes - we do may baskets! It really depends on the neighborhood - but any neighborhood with young kids will probably generate some may baskets

Usually they are homemade by the kids from paper cups/pipe cleaners - construction paper - whatever - and filled with candy, popcorn, stickers - anything
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Old 04-27-2019, 10:53 AM
 
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We lived in Ames when I was in 1, 2, 3 grades, ‘56-‘58. My Dad was transferred to Iowa State to teach ROTC! We loved Ames!! And we always delivered May Baskets to our neighbors front porch & ran!! What fun!! Glad I wasn’t making this up & you all remember doing this!
Do kids still do this?
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Old 04-28-2019, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Wyoming
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We've gotten them as recently as a year or two ago. I could let you know in another couple days if it's still active.
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Old 04-29-2019, 10:13 AM
 
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My late mother, born in 1907, remembered making and delivering May baskets when she was growing up in an Arkansas college town. The May baskets always contained flowers rather than edibles back in those days.

I received a May basket of sorts (it was delivered by a local florist) from a friend a number of years ago, but May baskets were not part of my 1950s Kentucky childhood, alas. I'm glad to know the tradition survives elsewhere.

Now, who has danced around a Maypole?? (Me, sez CraigCreek., waving both hands!)
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Old 04-29-2019, 10:21 AM
 
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You can follow Oxford's centuries-old May Morning ceremonies online, and also check out what's happening in Padstow, if you're into May Day festivities. No one does it like the British...

Happy Beltane season!
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Old 05-02-2019, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Calera, AL
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I asked my wife about May Day, and she gave me this puzzled look. I definitely think it's more of a regional thing as May 1st is sort of an unofficial "Spring is finally here!" celebration (especially in the Upper Midwest, April is more of a transitional month than fully spring), while in the hotter states people are already gearing up for summer.
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