So, what exactly is the deal with Texas homecoming mums? I mean, what are they? Huge corsages? And why?? In the immortal words of Lyle Lovett, "that's right, you're not from Texas, but Texas wants you anyway." Welcome to Texas and welcome to the fun, spirited, often over the top world of Texas Homecoming mums!
As far as we can tell, the homecoming mum originated in the 1940's as a simple corsage given to a date for the homecoming football game. By the time I was in high school, mums were starting to get big. Streamers swirled around the knee. The more trinkets and bells that could be hung, the better. At the time, homecoming mums were still in the domain of the local florist. That's right, they were gluing stuff on a big, fresh, chrysanthemum flower! More recently, silk flowers became the standard and with that, flowers could be bigger. Welcome mega mum!
A homecoming mum celebrates a moment in time, school spirit and the personality of the wearer.
I know the choices are overwhelming. I have written a guide to ordering a homecoming mum. Traditionally, one flower per grade is ordered. School colors for underclassmen and white for seniors. The "rules" are not written in stone and they may vary from school to school. If you want your favorite color, get your favorite color. If you're a senior and you want a single flower, get a single flower. The only guideline I encourage, is to save the huge mum for senior year as something to look forward to.
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