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Homecoming Mum Tradition Runs Deep in the Heart of Texas

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Homecoming Mum Tradition Runs Deep in the Heart of Texas

Lauren Duhon

Lauren Duhon

Lauren Duhon

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Mums have been a Texas tradition for decades. Once football season begins, there is a homecoming. Homecoming means a king and a queen, a dance and the featuring of the chrysanthemum flower on mums and garters.

As a tradition for more than 50 years, mums follow the stereotype: everything is bigger in Texas. Bigger, prettier and unfortunately more expensive, a made mum can easily cost more than $200. Many people prefer to make their own mums and are able to personalize it. A mum or garter can vary anywhere from three inches for a small flower and ribbons to many flowers featured together on a mum that includes stuffed animals, bells, LED lights and charms. As a prized high school tradition, mums hold a special place with the right person. They are exchanged between boyfriends and girlfriends, given to children by parents and received as a member of a team.

“I think it’s special,” said sophomore Mia Cruz when asked about her mum her mother made her this year. “I mean, my mom took all her time to make it. She burnt her fingers from the hot glue.”

(Cruz’s mum pictured above)

The tradition can be very strange to new students from northern states. The idea of large flowers decorated with colorful, glittery ribbon was very foreign to B’Elanna Jackson, a current sophomore attending Morton Ranch. “When I first moved, I didn’t understand the importance of having a mum/garter,” she said. “When I received it, I was really happy and excited! I felt really special.”

The homecoming mum and garter has become a proud tradition of Texas and other southern states. Like many things in Texas, you can count on the tradition growing, as well as the size and creativity that comes with homecoming mums and garters becoming bigger and better with every high school football season. This tradition is one of the many things that makes Texas a unique but proud state.

 

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