MUM ME: The history and transformation of the homecoming tradition

CHRISTINE GOMEZ, Staff writer

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Kaufman, although small, is very big when it comes to football – especially homecoming. The mum is a big part of homecoming in Kaufman and this tradition has a long history in Texas.

Right before homecoming, girls start customizing mums for homecoming to make sure it’s perfect for when time comes to show it off. For many, a large amount of creativity goes into a mum’s design.

“My mom makes my mum,” freshman Lauren Tucker said. “It’s a fun tradition to just celebrate homecoming because it’s cute and fun.”

Tucker says she picks out what she wants on her mum, and her mother puts it together.

The mum holds a great importance to homecomings and pep rallies when they are handed out by cheerleaders at football games. Mums can now cost up to $100 for a huge handmade one.

When it comes to the mum some people do not hold back. The mum is decorated with things such as long ribbons, cowbells, charms, stuffed animals of the school mascot, and sometimes even LED lights.

In the 1970s, mums were made just by a small flower and a few ribbons. Now with homecoming only days away, it’s time to show off those mums and make the best of them.

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MUM ME: The history and transformation of the homecoming tradition