Collecting all the trinkets and pre-printed ribbons "is a year-round gathering process,” Scheetz says.
Mariachi music has a long history, dating back to 18th century Mexico.
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Some girls make their own, and some are made by crafty grandmothers -- and even crafty boyfriends.
“I don’t think it’s a fading trend, I think it’s here to stay,” Scheetz says.
And, this time of year, Texas students try to outdo each other with the biggest, wildest mum creations. Bethany Tallon has gotten a homecoming mum from her boyfriend Morgan Scheetz for two years in a row. "You spend $50 for tickets, $8 for the football game, and the mums can be $300." In exchange, Bethany will give him a garter to wear on his arm. Morgan says most of the school will wear a mum or garter when Coppell plays Richland High School Friday night.
Each mum -- short for chrysanthemum -- has fake flowers ringed with bows, and trailed by yards and yards of red, black and white ribbons, in the Coppell High School colors. “We wear them on the Friday to classes all day, lots of pictures with your friends, and we go to pep rallies,” Bethany explains. “We usually play a football team that we’re going to win against, so it’s not depressing for everybody,” Morgan said. “People compliment our mums all the time, saying they’re still pretty, they don’t have the kitchen sink in them,” Scheetz says.
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All of America has homecoming football games, parades, pep rallies and dances, but no place has a tradition quite like the Texas homecoming mum. It’s a full-body shield of plastic flowers and sparkly ribbons and teddy bears with graduation caps.
“It’s just an awesome tradition that I love." When Morgan gives Bethany her senior mum next week, it will be four flowers, two teddy bears, trinkets representing her high school activities, and dozens of ribbons. Last year, Morgan’s mother, Beth Scheetz, made the mum for Bethany -- and for 150 other high school students. She remembers a time a couple decades ago when kids exchanged real flowers for high school dances. Every fall, Scheetz's dining room is transformed into a creating factory with flowers, bells, bears, and ribbons stacked in bins and hanging from the walls.