October 4th 2008 04:20
A Texas Tradition
Every year for homecoming, junior high and high school students across Texas are given homecoming mums. The younger students usually receive them from their moms, while older students get them from their dates (or still sometimes from mom.)
The guys get them too, though usually with a garter attached and worn on the arm. The ribbons are usually a little shorter on the guys' version.
Ordering one of these elaborate spectacles from a florist can run into big $$$$, but they are pretty simple to make, for about half the cost (I spent a little over $40 for the materials to make two of them.) The supplies include a round board (like you would use for any corsage), a 'mum', and lots of ribbons. Add a few trinkets, and you're done. Traditionally you use one mum for a freshman or younger, two for a sophomore, three for a junior or senior. To make a senior mum stand out, you use silver and white ribbons instead of school colors. In our hometown, though, most seniors have a combination of school colors and the silver and white. These are really fun to make, and the kids really get a kick out of them.
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