Many of us know of the Maypole, but for those that don't; The Maypole is a tall pole, typically made of maple, that is decorated with flowers and has long ribbons tied to the top. Then there is done that activity that is know as the Maypole Dance. Where the dancers spin around the pole weaving and entwining the ribbons. This is representative of the fertility that this Sabbat is known for.
Now fertility connotations aside, the Maypole is an entertaining and fun activity for children. And for those that don't want to, or don't have the means to erect a giant pole in their yard, there is the mini Maypole. http://www.mppl.org/kids/maypole.html
In my opinion it is not necessary to explain it all to children who are to young to understand the sexual connotations. But older children, and this is completely up to your discretion, could be told some of what the Maypole means. And in fact could probably use this occasion as an opportunity to do magick with you for things that they need in their life.
Just an FYI this site will be going down for maintenance in the next couple of hours. Should be up by tomorrow. I apologize for any incovenience.
Monday, April 11, 2011