Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Homecoming Madness

Mindy here. This is homecoming week for our high school. They'll have themed days at school, a parade Thursday night, and, of course, the big football game on Friday. Alumni will return to cheer on the team and see old classmates.

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.


  1. Mindy,
    I don't think they do this in Georgia--not where I live. I can't believe how expensive it is? Do the kids pay for this?

    And yes, everything is bigger in Texas!

  2. Sometime the kids pay, sometimes the parents. Every family is different. It jut seems like such a waste. Although I did see on the news where one high school had a group d students who got together to make mums for the special needs students so they wouldn't feel left out. I thought that was cool.

  3. Every kid rolls his eyes when his mom starts out with, "When I was in school..."

    Yes, I know times change, but when I was in school, homecoming didn't rival the prom. We wore nice dresses or skirts and sweaters. Now homecoming is becoming as expensive as prom.

    We don't do the mum thing in PA, at least not in my corner of the state. Dates have corsages for each other, but nothing this extravagant. Be sure to share pictures!

  4. You want to know what's funny, Lisa. They don't even have a homecoming dance at our school. They used to, but nobody came. Many schools do though.

    Back in my day (ahem), our homecoming dance was fairly dresses, just not to the extent of prom.

  5. To be honest, Mindy, I've never heard of this tradition. Either in GA where I teach high school, or in NC where I attended high school. I'm tired just thinking about what all of your parents have to go through just to produce one of those corsages.

    I guess if they did away with their dance, then they would have to come up with something of importance to the kids to replace it.

  6. Dianna, it's crazy what we go through to make those things. It's big business.

    The big mums have been around for a long time, before they did away with the dance. And I've seen them all over Texas, small towns and big cities. Just crazy.

  7. He's making it himself??!! That's amazing. And dedicated.

    We had mums when I was in high school in KY. They had ribbons, but not that long. You could pin it on as a corsage.

    They don't do mums in my part of GA either. Like Lisa said, it's more like prom, but they mostly do short, formal dresses here (except for homecoming court, where the girls often wear long formals.) Around here, they have the game and court activities on Friday night. Then the dance on Saturday night at the school. They do typical corsages (like sweetheart roses on the wrist).

    Prom is more formal. They rent a place to hold it.

    I hope your son has fun!

  8. Yes, Missy, he's making it himself. I thought I was going to have to but he was emphatic. Of course, I still had to buy all the stuff. Like I said, big business.