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Happy Hour : May Day

Every been in a restaurant when it turns "Happy Hour?" You notice the mood instantly changes as everyone is ready for fun. Whenever I'm having a Bad Hair Day, my cure is always a personal Happy Hour. Of course, I'm hopeless addicted to interiors; so for me, this hour is all about decorating. In this series, we'll look at some quick and happy mood changers for our very own Happy Hour. Each should take about an hour - a mere 60 minutes - to perk up our minds and our rooms. Let's get the party started.

Happy May Day! How about celebrating May Day this year since we're all tucked inside? A little bouquet on your neighbors' doors might be just the ticket to perk us up. When I wrote this last year, getting out to the nursery wasn't a big deal but even now, there's lots to pick from just outside our doors. I'm sending this out today in hopes you have a special May Day!

For this Happy Hour, how about bringing back May Day? I love the idea of May 1st being a day of celebration. In the 1950's, my Mom would make little flower bouquets that my brother and I would deliver to our Portland neighbors. We'd hang the flowers on the door, knock as loud as we could and then run fast. "Happy May Day" was meant to be a surprise. This year, why not bring back this sweet tradition? Here's some easy ways to spread some May Day cheer.

My go-to is a 4" pot of primroses, wrapped in colorful tissue and ribbons.

A paper cone hung on a door is a colorful surprise.

A small tin can makes a perfect vase.

Print online images on heavy stock paper stapled into a cone.

Include a little "Happy May Day" tag if you like. After all, it's your Happy Hour! Whatever you choose, celebrate May Day by bringing a little cheer into someone's day.

May Day is a traditional spring holiday in many Northern Hemisphere cultures. A May Pole (pictured top) was often the highlight of the celebration. My Mom talked about being chosen to be a May Pole dancer as they weaved their grade school's May Pole in the 1930's, her costume made out of heavy crepe paper. Her sister, Helen, was the high school May Queen one year.

In the late 19th Century, May Day became International Worker's Day by Socialists and Communists. Here in Oakland, there's a march and strike each year.

And we chose May Day as our wedding date - and for 2020, it's our 30th. Can't get more special than that!

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