There’s no place that does homecoming quite like the South, and there’s no place that does it quite like Texas. Homecoming (also known as hoco) is a pretty big deal in the southern state, where celebrations take place to commemorate back-to-school and the beginning of football season.
The decorated chrysanthemums exchanged between homecoming dates are more widely recognized as a type of corsage. But through the years, mums have evolved — and grown — so they’re no longer that similar to the classic small bouquet of flowers you’d wear on your wrist or pin to your dress.
Mum's the word! Happy HoCo 2017! It's a Great day to be a Knight! pic.twitter.com/JNDExkbyWN
— Clear Falls Knights (@CFHS_Knights) October 5, 2017
This year’s crazy creations have flooded the Twitter feeds of students participating in Texas homecoming, as they pour their excitement, creativity, and money into these larger than life creations. Some schools that take part in the tradition offer more modest mums for purchase, but from the looks of the photos shared, it seems that the ones provided just don’t cut it.
— Soul of Nowhere (@Soul_of_Nowhere) September 29, 2017
Excited for hoco (mum)ories !! pic.twitter.com/O6sFoGtuSZ
— emily (@emilyyswenson) September 28, 2017
ITS HIS SENIOR YEAR..
this means his last hoco & no more mum making parties…
— Chancie Coleman (@ChancieColeman) September 22, 2017
MUM EXCHANGE WITH THE BEST BOY IN THE UNIVERSE!!!! ♡♡♡ HOCO 2K16 HERE WE COME!!! pic.twitter.com/ha2xfEcrMG
— Karoline Thomas (@karolinet1316) October 13, 2016
The traditional exchange of mums takes place between homecoming dates, where the female receives a mum and the male receives a garter. But the tradition of mums has developed into one that calls for “mum parties,” where they’re decorated with friends or school sports teams.
happy hoco!! mum day fun day✨ pic.twitter.com/cZ1QvftCR1
— katie (@katieaberger) October 22, 2016
— pinky (@LaurissaZavala) September 17, 2017
Mum day with them yesterday!
Hoco week day 5✅ pic.twitter.com/y8XwVDt6hx
— kylie (@kylie_wynne_) October 8, 2016
these are my people & my cute hoco mum pics pic.twitter.com/Y3R6NeuElC
— emma christine (@emma_ecw) October 8, 2016
hoco week day 4: mum n garters pic.twitter.com/91s9GG2sql
— ays (@aysiahjenkins__) October 6, 2016
The photos show how mums continue to get bigger and better. So much so that this 5-foot mum cost $600.
— Todd Unger (@ToddWFAA8) October 4, 2017
Some may claim that this is, in fact, “the mum to end all mums.” However, it might just be more motivation to make other homecoming mums even crazier.
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