May Day

1 May

Whatever happened to May Day? Was it not commercialized enough by the retailers thus creating a basket vacuum for little boys and girls all over? Sometimes, because of moving around so much, I have a hard time deciphering whether or not something is regional. When I was a kid we popped popcorn, made baskets out of paper and pipe cleaners and put them on the neighbors’ door knobs and porches. Was this just a “Nebraska thing”? Do they still do that there? Maybe the reason it isn’t done here is because the weather never cooperates in this tundra that is Minnesota.

I was hoping to pop some popcorn and walk to a few neighbors’ houses with Andrew but now I am afraid people may look at me funny. I am sure everyone thinks we are crazy already with our sharing of the car and the fact that we are raising a child in what is probably the smallest house in Hutchinson. Maybe we could put an explanation of what May Day is inside the basket? Hmmmm according to Wikipedia, “May Day may be best known for its tradition of dancing the Maypole and crowning of the Queen of the May. Today various Neopagan groups celebrate reconstructed (to varying degrees) versions of these customs on 1 May.” That’s right, “Neopagan”. The neighbors will think we are crazy for sure. Devil worshipers!

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One Response to “May Day”

  1. Marlene May 2, 2008 at 2:36 pm #

    May Day still exists in Nebraska!! We did the popcorn, styrofoam/pipe cleaner baskets and Logan loved delivering them to all his friends! Unfortunatly, we didn’t get the enjoyment of ringing the doorbells & running away because a) the NE wind would have blown the popcorn for miles and b) have you ever seen a woman who’s 9 months pregnant run??

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