Mums are a Texas tradition. The first ones were designed around 1916 as corsages made from fresh chrysanthemums and decorated with a ribbon in school colors. Somewhere along the line it evolved into these dramatic, heavily decorated creations.
A basic mum consists of a ribbon flower on cardboard backing with streamers in school colors flowing from the flower. These displays can weigh up to 12 pounds requiring extra anchoring! Craft stores offer a single mum in school colors, then additional wording, ribbons, sports affiliations or symbols are added.
These extra trinkets begin at $.59 and can run a high at $5.99 each. The mums complete package can tally $75.00-over a hundred dollars for the more ornate creations. Boys sport arm garters that are shorter in length.
Most mums are exchanged romantically, but they can also be given as expressions of friendship. It was my first introduction to this Texan tradition and I want to thank our Southlake Journal for clueing me in.
Aside from demonstrating your loyalty to school and sports affiliations with Mums, another way to show SPIRIT is to decorate one's car with the traditional colors of green and white.
My neighbor invited me to my first Dragon's football game and we rode to the game in style with flags fluttering in the breeze. If you look closely, you can see several flags affixed to the doors.
Whether your enthusiasm for the football team is expressed by wearing green and white t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, jewelry or hats, it's evident that Southlake supports their high school sports program in a BIG way!