Mums are also a big tradition here in Texas. We had mums when I was in school in Michigan. You know, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Ha! Only our mums were real, the only adornment a red ribbon, and they cost only a couple of bucks.
Now I realize everything is bigger in Texas, but the mum thing is getting way out of hand.
This is the mum my son is in the process of creating for his date. By the time everything is added, it will include a band that goes around her neck to support the Hulk-sized corsage. Its ribbons will trail somewhere between her knees and her feet.
Here are two of my daughter's mums from her high-school days.
And we can't let the girls have all the fun. The guys get garters. Yes, it's just what you imagine, only small enough to fit around their bicep. It also has a tricked-out mum with ribbons galore, albeit on a much smaller scale.
While this is a fun tradition, it's also very expensive. If you have them made by someone else, they can run into the hundreds of dollars, depending on how many mums and how elaborate the decorations.
So here's what I'm dying to know. Is this a Texas tradition or has it spread across the U.S? Do they do mums where you live? What's your opinion?
This is one tradition that has me thinking less is more.