Homecoming is a memorable time in the life of high school students. Here in the Lone Star State we have a peculiar Texas tradition that folks from out of state just don't understand, namely: Homecoming mums.
Simply referred to as "mums" by Texans, these creations are works of gaudy art. A really elaborate mum might feature multiple fake chrysanthemums, a teddy bear, a feather boa, lights, noisemakers and more.
You can usually get a pre-made mum in your school colors in a local grocery store, florist shop or craft store. However, there are professional crafters who create custom mums that can cost hundreds of dollars.
There is even a version for guys, called "arm garters." Kids exchange mums and garters and wear them to the football game and homecoming dance.
Texas homecoming mums first started as corsages using real flowers, but since this is Texas and flowers wilt in the heat (even in the Fall) we now use silk flowers.
We first covered this topic in 2016 and, apparently, it shocked many non-Texans. Some people from England read it and thought "mums" meant "mothers" rather than "chrysanthemums." Every place has its odd traditions though, and here in the Lone Star State, ours is mums. So here are 10 times from 2017 when homecoming mums were too awesome for their own good.
She may not get it, but she sure did it right. Good job, Rashad's mom.
Which is bigger, the windmill clock or the mum?
Bonus points for the Whataburger elements.
There has never been a more Texan mum.
Ooh that pink one! But... no. Definitely the one on the right.
Don't assume huge mums only come from big cities like Dallas or Houston. This Texas-sized mum is from the small town of Alvarado, and it cost nearly $600, y'all. I could not make that up if I wanted to.
In case y'all can't read that ribbon, it literally says "HOLY SMOKES, BATMAN!" And that's exactly what people think when they see this thing.
These ladies definitely won high school with these massive mums.
Are these kids going to a dance or is she about to face off with her homecoming date in a really ostentatious craft war?
ESPN captioned a tweet the Dawson High School kicker shared, "Not bad for someone whose homecoming dress featured a football on it." You can tell that writer isn't from Texas. It's super frilly, but that's not a dress, y'all.