May Day and Resurrection

Here in Omaha today, the temperature will reach a balmy 42 degrees with a chance of showers. “Happy May Day” doesn’t have the same ring to it when you can see your breath heading out to your car for the morning commute. Still, today is May Day. In the States, this usually means making a…

Happy May Day!

Happy May Day! Do I say that with any particular celebratory delight?  Not at all. But it’s still fun because spring is here and that means people are much happier than they were three months ago. According to the most reliable source online, Wikipedia, the earliest May Day celebrations “appeared in pre-Christian times, with the festival…

Happy May Day!

Originally posted on May 1, 2008 On Christmas Day, we put gifts underneath a pine tree, hang socks above the fireplace, kiss under weeds hanging on the ceiling, eat a lot of candy, leave cookies and milk out for Santa and perhaps, in some circumstances, might even sing happy birthday to Jesus.  Now that I think about…

May Day Might Have Pagan Origins, but so Does the Christmas Tree

On Christmas Day, we put gifts underneath a pine tree, hang socks above the fireplace, kiss under weeds hanging on the ceiling, eat a lot of candy, leave cookies and milk out for Santa and perhaps, in some circumstances, might even sing happy birthday to Jesus.  Now that I think about it, that sounds a bit odd. …