Dancing around the Maypole

Since May is less than a week away, I wanted to share this sweet illustration of children dancing around a maypole that came from an early 1900’s children’s encyclopedia.  It instantly took me back to my school days.  The younger grades in my school always got to go out to the playground and wrap streamers around a pole (I think it may have been the tetherball pole).  I don’t think we danced – my recollection is that we really just sort of marched around the pole, wrapping the streamers around it as we went, but I loved it.

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We usually made a May basket as well, and I remember getting off the bus, hanging it on our front door, then knocking on the door and running off to quickly hide before my mom opened the door and found my basket.

Here’s a cute DIY tin can May basket from a tin can from Skip to My Lou.


Do you have any fond May Day memories?

Here’s a cute video of some young girls doing a May pole dance – it looks like they are having a great time!



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  1. Sweet memories. Thank you for this wonderful post.

  2. PetersenLinda says

    Hi Angie! I had forgotten about the Maypole & baskets. My school did that too & it was such fun! Thank you for sharing. BTW, I love your blog.

  3. I never got to do this as a child, but it looks and sounds like it was a lot of fun! I did, however, play my share of tetherball in my day. 🙂 What a sweet little graphic, too…thank you for sharing it! Happy May!

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