We couldn't help ourselves. A fallen branch was bestowed the honor of being our maypole, and the kids went right to work decorating it with flowers and ribbons. This year, the maypole dance consisted of three steps, a hop and a turn, repeat. It made for quite the festive afternoon, between decorating the pole and dancing around it!
And after we had finished dinner, we read a few family favorites: There's More, Much More, by Sue Alexander about a little girl collecting items for her nature May basket, and the May section of A Time to Keep by Tasha Tudor. It reads, "On May Day, the children left May baskets at our neighbors' doors, And we danced around a maypole."