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My Happy List: It is May!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Today I am combining My Happy List with Favorites on the First.  My Happy List is simple this week:  I am happy because it is May, my favorite month!  Plus, tomorrow is my birthday.  *squee*

I like to hang a May Day basket on our door each year.  May Day traditions harken back to the ancient druids who celebrated Beltane on May 1st.  It was one of the most important dates of their calendar, and Beltane divided the year in half with Samhain on November 1st marking the other half of the year.

People give baskets full of flowers on May Day where they are traditionally placed on the front door.




I like placing ribbons on my May Day basket.  They remind me of May poles!

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Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. RJ, that is gorgeous! How lovely that must be on your door. I love the tradition and wish I could participate in something like that.... how lovely!

  2. That is so pretty! What a sweet way to be greeted at your door.

  3. Your basket looks lovely and early Happy Birthday.

  4. Hi Ricki! We don't celebrate May day in my country but we consider May as the month of flowers here. Your little piece of history explains everything. By the way, I assume your family is fine now, free from any sickness. That's great to know.

    Advance Happy Birthday! I wish you more blessings, happiness and more birthdays to come. Enjoy your day, the blogosphere is waiting for your happy stories.

  5. Good Morning Ricki Sweetie...
    Oh what a gorgeous share this morning. I love, LOVE your May basket and how beautiful it looks adorning the front of your home. It is so colorful and happy. Just makes one smile to see it.

    Happy Birthday in advance sweet friend. I just celebrated my 55th last week. A beautiful time of year to have a birthday. May your day be blessed with many memories, happiness and so many wonderful gifts for a beautiful friend. Lots of cake too.

    Have a glorious day sweet friend. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

  6. That is so sweet RJ!! Today is my daughter's birthday and a very fitting for her day as she is such a sweet heart.

  7. Very pretty basket. Happy Birthday Ricki. It's my sons bday tomorrow as well. He turns 43. Just a baby. Mine comes on Sat the big 65. I don't feel a day older than 40.
    Have a super birthday!!

  8. What a lovely door basket. Happy Birthday a little early!

  9. Your basket is lovely Ricki Jill. As a child we celebrated May day in school with a picnic and Maypole. Brings back sweet memories.

    The French Hutch

  10. What a beautiful May Day basket! A lovely springtime touch to greet your guests!

  11. I'm lovin' your pretty door basket filled with flowers and flowing with ribbons. I did not know anything about the history of May Day so thank you ever so much for enlightening me.

  12. Happy Birthday Ricki Jill!! I adore yoour May Basket. When I was little we would take little bunches of flowers and place on the neighbors doorsteps!

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  13. I remember making May baskets and hanging them on the doors of my neighborhood friends. We'd ring the bell and shout "May basket for ___", then run hide. The baskets were filled with sticks of gum, candies, and flowers. What sweet innocent fun.

  14. Happy happy birthday, Ricki Jill. I love your May Day basket. Hope everyone in your house is feeling better.

  15. I love your May Day basket. It is so beautiful!

  16. Your May basket is so pretty and perfect for May Day. LOVE the casual look of it and the way you arranged the ribbons. Thanks for the history of May Day. I had forgotten all that. Happy May Day!

  17. I knew nothing of may day! Hmpf! Best wishes to you for wonderfully beautiful and happy birthday!

  18. Your May day basket is beautiful and love the history of May day! thanks, I think May is a wonderful month to be born, happy birthday, hope you have a fabulous day all your own. xxoo, hugs

  19. LOVE LOVE LOVE your May basket! Absolutely beautiful. I can understand why you look forward to it.

  20. oh that basket is gorgeous!! i love love love love it. no wonder May makes you HAPPY!!

    thanks gor linking up!!

  21. Ricki Jill, I love the month of May too. It's Mothers Day and my Birthday month. I love your basket of flowers on the pretty.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

    Your May Day basket is lovely, Ricki Jill.
    Thanks so much for linking up today.
    Hope your birthday is extra special!


  23. I love the ribbons too so pretty! I thought of doing that to with the basket but didn't get to it!

  24. Hi, so nice to meet you! Thanks for visiting my blog! I'm enjoying browsing yours! The May Day Basket is so beautiful and the ribbons are perfect!

    Happy Belated Birthday! I have a May birthday as well (the 19th.) I'm originally from Huntsville, AL!


  25. Those flowers on your door are beautiful. I've always wondered how to hand something over the glass on mine and still have it look good. I'll have to give a basket a try.



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