District Round-Up Nov. 2019 – Homecoming and the Mum
Many non-Texans might be curious to learn more about the excitement and fascination with the homecoming flower called mums. Locals might be surprised to learn that not everyone celebrates homecoming with the staple mum.
Homecoming mums might have started in Texas, however, over the years, a few other southern states like Oklahoma, Alabama, and Louisiana have adopted the tradition as well.
The chrysanthemum is a popular fall flower, which is why it was chosen to be the star of corsages given to homecoming dates. Homecoming mums had humble beginings as a simple, single flower with perhaps a few ribbons. In true Texas style – bigger is BETTER – and over time, they got bigger and more elaborate.
Today, the mums consist of a huge silk flower surrounded by any combination of ribbons, bells, bows, charms, and other personal touches. Young men now have garters fashioned to their arms in the same style as the girls’ mums.
Check out a few highlights of fun homecoming mums from around our San Antonio area schools!