High School Homecoming and MUMS?

by yknot 19 Replies latest social physical

  • yknot
    yknot

    As most of you know........ I am from Texas originally.

    Each year as Homecoming rolls around schools across that state become 'frenzied' with various 'school spirit' activities ending with the wearing of mums (garters for boys) to school on Friday.

    I recently was talking to a 'YANKEE' boy and he didn't know what I was talking about (mums/garters or homecoming)......(blasphemy!).

    Anywho it got me thinking...... is Mums/ garters limited to Texas/Oklahoma? (Surely our Southern Cousins too have them -- right?)

    Did your school have Mums and garters for homecoming?

    If so did your Dubbie-parents allow to wear them? (ours didn't at first and all of us dubbie-kids saved money all year to make 'paper-flower' ones)

    If you do mums/garters for your kiddos now.....how much do you spend and do you purchase them from the florist of make them yourselves?

    Our schools only requirement is to tape down the bells and no one is allowed to blow on the whistles during school hours.

    See examples below! (most mums are pinned at the shoulder but in recent years due to the heaviness some have been worn with a ribbon around the neck......garters however are always on the boy's arms)

    Vintage:

  • yknot
    yknot

    Even when schools officially 'ban' mums/garters (suck it ISD to the west of me!)

    Mums get snuck in via.... mum rings (or finger mums) and hair mums!

    Rings

    Ponytail mums

  • SixofNine
    SixofNine

    totally ridiculous tradition fabricated to prep the little dummies into being lifelong consumers willing to pay big money for things w/out any inherent value.

  • zoiks
    zoiks

    It does seem strange to me, a native New Englander.

  • yknot
    yknot

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    Zoiks, what are yall's traditions for homecoming up yonders?

  • wannabefree
    wannabefree

    What self-respecting Dubbie parents would let their little dubbies have anything to do with Homecoming? The South, might as well be a foreign land to me.

  • yknot
    yknot

    What can I say high school football is still 'big' ..........

    Like I said at first their was opposition .....but as all of us got more settled in the community one of our more 'moderate' Elders caved to his girl's desires and that was that...... we all got to participate (even in pep rallies..... I know....shocking right....!!!).

    There was a revival to return to the hardliner ways a two years after I finished school but the banning of pep rallies but it was cool because we got a new principal and he made the pep rallies really lame and preachy so the DubbieKids were envied by many for being able to ditch the mandatory event.

    The only 'issue' I remember was the nationalist stuff..........but even the Elders stood instead of remaining seated.

    Oh come on they are uber-fun!....

  • truthseekeriam
    truthseekeriam

    Hi Ynot,

    This is as good as it gets here in California..

  • miseryloveselders
    miseryloveselders

    I'm in the northeast, this is completely foreign to me. When I saw the thread title, I thought it was going to be about JWs secretly going to homecoming and keeping quiet about it, aka "Mums the word." I never in a million years would have thought MUMS was a pin-on peakcock custume. It looks kinda......tacky. I can't believe I just typed......tacky. That word is so not a part of my vocabulary, but it fits the occasion, no pun intended.

  • Quillsky
    Quillsky

    Wanting to be a great and nourishing mother is so gorgeous. Enjoy every minute.

  • yknot
    yknot

    Truthseekeriam......those are gorgeous!

    Misery: Ya they can get tacky but really the are freakin' fun........ last year some of the sisters threw a girls only tea party and everyone was given a small (ie 4 in flower with teacup center piece and 15 inches of ribbon).

    We also do 'mums' for bridal and baby showers (bride and expectant mom only)

    I am torn right now..... daughter has been asked by several boys but her dad is still very much a 'hold out' for approval so part of me thinks I will do a picture button center on her mum of her and her girlfriends....

    (Ya I know you men folk are going to side with Dad on my 6th grader not going with a boy (7th grader at that!))--- sigh girls just like knowing they were asked.....

  • miseryloveselders
    miseryloveselders

    Well, Ynot, I will say I think its pretty cool when different regions have their own pecularities. The more I think about it, I can see how these MUMS would be fun in places Texas and Oklahoma. Heck, even up here in the northeast, I could see myself having fun at a party or event wearing my MUMS. Didn't Napolean Dynamite or Pedro wear MUMS at one point? I can't recall.

  • yknot
    yknot

    Misery..... what 'tacky' but 'fun' things do yall do in your neck of the woods?

    Did yall at least have a 'bonfire'.....(all dubbie-kids are officially banned----note I said 'officially'......but there are always a few who disobey)

  • miseryloveselders
    miseryloveselders

    The dubs up here in the rural and suburban parts do bonfires every now and then. I've never been to one, partly cuz I'm a city boy, and partly cuz I'm not the most sociable guy, especially after becoming "conscious."

    Ynot, I'm trying to rack my brain to think of tacky, yet fun things that are done up here, and being honest, I can't come up with anything. The state I'm in is fairly conservative, as am I. I know Texas is conservative too, but Texas has always had a reputation for being unique to say the least. Where I'm at, it really is a conservative meat and potatos kind of place. They like pierogis up here, if that counts for anything.

  • elderelite
    elderelite

    Gotta say knot, as a "yankee" i'm completly lost on this. We have NOTHING like that, at all, in the midatlantic. What we do here is pretty much limited to floats. However I do have to say that six was a little..... hard... on what seems like a fairly inoccent tradition.

    oh, I COMPLETLY agree with daddy on this one. There is no way i'm letting my daughter (6th grade) go on any date anywhere, ESPECIALLY with a 7th grader!!!! I have a feeling that my wife and daughter will have to drug me when the time arrives....

  • yknot
    yknot

    Okie-dokie......

    School's spirit week works out like this...

    Tuesday - camo day

    Wednesday- '60's' day (spirit stick with flower atop is optional but yea... we are doing a spirit stick!)

    Thursday - 'Black-out' day....(all black clothing- she is doning a black wig too)

    Friday - spirit day..... I am going to be sewing new 'spirit' shirt, embellished jeans, and socks ......

    So if any notice me to be 'absent' some from the board this coming week know I am happily in a frenzied state of school spirit!

    If anyone wants to post any ideas....... please post away I need all the inspiration I can get!

  • elderelite
    elderelite

    Since you didn't mention anything for monday, (labor day I know) how about a Redsking "hogette" day!!!! she'd be my homecomming queen vote for sure

  • yknot
    yknot

    ........ I would dress her in an outfit made from Earl Campbell Sausage & sauce before I dared to disgrace her with THOSE COLORS.....

    (giggles......luvs ya)

  • elderelite
    elderelite

    LOLOLOL that is funny on so many levels...

  • SixofNine
    SixofNine

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    yeah, I just couldn't keep mum about it. :)

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