Sunday, September 11, 2016
FIRST HOMECOMING MUM PROJECT
What is a mum in Texas?
High school students in Texas have developed a tradition of wearing elaborate, ever-larger floral pins to their homecoming dances. These pins — many bigger than a dinner plate and covered in artificial flowers, ribbons, and even stuffed animals — are known as mums.
What is the point of a homecoming mum?
At some point not too long after this first homecoming celebration in Missouri, the tradition of a boy giving a chrysanthemum to his homecoming date as a corsage was born in Texas. For decades, mums were simple, comprised of just a small flower with perhaps a few ribbons.
Why do they call it a homecoming dance?
What started out as a simple token gift from a teenage boy to his girl has morphed into a tradition of gargantuan proportions that, again, proves everything is bigger in Texas
Today, they are mammoth, over-the-top splays of silk chrysanthemums festooned with flowing ribbons, plush animals and an array of colorful trinkets that have spawned competition among girls to see whose is the biggest, and therefore, best.
The Texas mum is an expression of a teenage girls personality. No longer are the days to wait for the young man to ask the young lady, although it is still considered the proper thing to do, especially in TEXAS. But not required. Young ladies can be their own person.
Some MUMS can weigh as much as 20 - 30 pounds. The sky is the limit on cost and imagination. I included on my ribbons things that make me... ME! Love of School, Supported charity "CHASA.org, childhood stroke association", a ribbon for my cat Tinkerbell, Freshman Ribbons, and lots of bling, ribbons, furs, feathers and lets not forget the lights. Was lots of fun. Looking forward to the GAMES and the DANCE... Thanks to my mom for her support. Love Kearstyn