Happy first of May and Feast of St. Joseph the Worker!
Some of you may remember last year's May series, Crafts, Crownings, and Celebrations, begun on the Feast of St. Louis de Montfort, 2006. This year's celebration began even more meaningfully with Marie's First Holy Communion on St. Louis' Feast.
Last year, we began the month by transforming the secular custom of May Baskets into a tradition honoring Our Blessed Mother. Using inexpensive materials, we made Marian Baskets for our family and friends:
For detailed instructions on how to create these using materials found around the house, please see
This year, we have done a variation on this theme with Marian May Cones. Like last year's plastic cups, they are simple and inexpensive to create using readily available materials.
My artistic girls made twenty-five of these cones to give out as favors for Marie's First Communion. Each cone was as distinct and lovely as the artists themselves and brought a splash of beauty and color to the plain walls of our rented tent. Here are a few samples:
Margaret made this bright and cheery cone especially for Marie whose favorite color has always been yellow. Right away, I dubbed it the Sweetness and Light cone (note the word "Sweetness" on the tag). Meredith, if I could have brought you to Long Island this weekend, I would have given one exactly like it to you!
My computer time is up, but we will be posting detailed instructions for making Marian May Cones here very soon, along with a new series of "Crafts, Crownings and Celebrations" for May 2007. Our May altar will be ready for tomorrow's Crowning, and Marie's Communion tent remains outside to shelter Our Lady and welcome the guests from our local homeschooling group.
Please remember, just as we are able to take the secular custom of May Baskets and make it our own, there is no need to limit our baskets to May 1st. (If you make these, please be sure to post a photo and link to Cottage Blessings so that we may see your handiwork--what a thrill it would be, not only for me, but for my daughters! If you do not have a blog, please send a photo, and I will try to post it here!)
Happy May Day, dear friends! A Rosary is being said for all of you today.
Our Lady, Queen of the May, pray for us!
St. Louis de Montfort, pray for us!
Amended to add: Christine at Memories of a Catholic Wife and Mother made beautiful May cones last year! Lovely, Christine!