Monday, September 25, 2017

Homecoming 2017 - traditions both new and old

Homecoming Traditions - both new and old!

Homecoming - a spirit-filled week of activities leading up to the Homecoming football game and typically followed by a Homecoming dance.  Growing up in Texas, some things stay the same, and some things take on a mind of their own (I blame Pinterest - but also am so thankful for Pinterest, in times like this!). There are dates and events that, no matter how old you are, you can look back on and remember - Homecoming is definitely one of these events!

This past weekend was Colby's Homecoming.  Last year as a freshman, he opted not to participate in any of the Homecoming festivities.  Truthfully, I was a bit bummed on Homecoming night seeing all the pictures on social media of all the kids and their dates.  But, I only had to wait one year till he decided he wanted to ask a friend to Homecoming.

Enter one of the newer traditions - the Homecoming proposal.  It's not really a proposal but it has gotten a bit over the top.  Colby had very clear ideas on how he wanted to ask his date but it was my job to make it cute! ;) He wanted it to be a sno-cone theme.  Easy-peasy and I couldn't wait to get started on a cute sign...

PSA, moms!!!  Some things that mean one thing to us, do NOT mean the same thing to kids!!!  Please tell me I'm not the only one who thought "Netflix and chill" actually meant watch tv and hang out...  Um...let's just say, no, it absolutely does not!  (check Urban Dictionary if you thought it meant what I did!)

Here is take 1 on Colby's Homecoming sign - followed by our text conversation!

Homecoming Traditions - both new and old!

Cute, huh?!  I thought it was adorable especially since he was going with a 
sno-cone theme!

Homecoming Traditions - both new and old!

So, yes, the big joke is that I almost had him inappropriately ask a date to Homecoming!  #youcan'ttakemeanywhere #nowIknow

After a few more edits, I finally got the sign approved and he was ready to ask...

Homecoming Traditions - both new and old!

and she said YES!  Aren't they adorable?  It's even cuter since they were in the same Kindergarten class!

The week leading up to the Homecoming football game is filled with spirit filled dress-up days.  Here's the schedule that they had:

Monday - When you wish upon a Star - Disney theme

Tuesday - Just Super - Super Hero vs. Super Villan

Wednesday - Back to the Future - Decades Day

Thursday - All Hail the Fanny Pack - Tourist Day

Friday - Maroon Out

Colby plays Junior Varsity football so his games are on Thursday but he stands on the sidelines for the Varsity games on Friday nights.  The Homecoming game is always well attended, the Homecoming Queen is crowned at halftime, and then you hope and pray that the boys pull out a win (cause no one wants to lose on Homecoming!).  Thankfully our boys played their hearts out and came away with a 19-13 WIN!!!

And while the kids have had a spirit-filled week and a Homecoming football game, the part that they most look forward to is the Homecoming dance. Below are a few pics I took before the kids left for dinner and the dance.

Homecoming Traditions - both new and old!

Homecoming Traditions - both new and old!

Couldn't resist a picture with my guy (notice I'm standing on a step and still shorter than he is!).

Homecoming Traditions - both new and old!

Getting a little help with his bow tie!

Homecoming Traditions - both new and old!

The girls looked gorgeous...

Homecoming Traditions - both new and old!

and the guys so handsome!

Homecoming Traditions - both new and old!

Homecoming Traditions - both new and old!

It was incredibly hot and steamy but they made the most of it!

Homecoming Traditions - both new and old!

Molly & Colby

Homecoming Traditions - both new and old!

Homecoming Traditions - both new and old!

Homecoming Traditions - both new and old!

Homecoming Traditions - both new and old!

Little sister really didn't know what to think about sharing Colby with another girl!

And now for the answer to the most asked question - "What is a Homecoming MUM?!"

Homecoming Traditions - and questions answered about the Homecoming MUM!

To really appreciate the homecoming mum, you have to go back to where it started.  It's really hard to believe but this tradition started with a simple flower - a chrysantheMUM - tied with a few simple ribbons for guys to give their dates.  Like everything in Texas, we tend to think that bigger is better so the Homecoming mum as we know it today was born!

Homecoming Traditions - and questions answered about the Homecoming MUM!

Think of mums as a ginormous corsage-like accessory.  While I have memories of the chrysanthemum being a real flower, today they are typically silk flowers with streamers, ribbons, and trinkets attached.

Homecoming Traditions - and questions answered about the Homecoming MUM!

The mum is all about self-expression.  You typically find the name of the couple with glitter stickers attached to ribbons in school colors somewhere on the mum.  Also included are any sports teams they might be on, or special interests or other activities.  Think of it like a charm bracelet.

Homecoming Traditions - and questions answered about the Homecoming MUM!

You can make your own mum or you can have a special mum-maker (yes, there are people who specialize in making mums!) make yours.  You can find supplies at Michael's, Hobby Lobby, or even local grocery stores.  While all that sounded fun, I opted to have a florist in my hometown make Molly's.  
Thank you, Wild Iris!!!

Homecoming Traditions - and questions answered about the Homecoming MUM!

You have endless possibilities when it comes to mum making - I've seen singles, doubles, triples and so big that you just lose count!  Some even have lights and/or stuffed animals on them!  It's also personal preference with long or short.  It's definitely a sight to see!

Homecoming Traditions - and questions answered about the Homecoming MUM!

If you think of a girl's mum as a corsage, you can think of the guy's garter as a boutonniere.  Same concept as what the girls wear except the guys wear them on their arm.

Homecoming Traditions - and questions answered about the Homecoming MUM!

And I say "wear" with a giggle.  When I was growing up, you wore your mum (by safety pinning it to your dress - and additionally to your bra strap if it was heavy!) to the Homecoming game and also to the dance.  That is definitely not the case anymore.  Guys and girls took their mums to school on Friday and did a mum exchange (with no pictures, might I add!).  Guys and girls then pinned their mums and garters to their backpacks.  Other than using them as props for pictures, this is the only wearing of the mums that took place!  Crazy, I know!

Homecoming Traditions - and questions answered about the Homecoming MUM!

Homecoming mums in Texas are just a part of growing up.  A tradition like no other and one that I hope is still around when their kids are growing up!

Homecoming Traditions - and questions answered about the Homecoming MUM!

After Homecoming, mums are kept for display in the kids' rooms or packed away by sentimental moms.  Or, if you are the recycling kind, you can use bits and pieces of the mum for next year's Homecoming!

Homecoming Traditions - and questions answered about the Homecoming MUM!

The kids had a fabulous time at the dance and continued their fun at an after-party breakfast hosted by some family friends.  It's been fun watching them grow up over the years - and fun watching them learn how to navigate life - in heels and sports coats!

Homecoming Traditions - both new and old!

School pride, tradition, and Texas high school football - everything really is bigger in Texas!  #Texasforever

And, if you want to see how crazy this mum tradition is, just google 'Homecoming Mums' or search for them on Etsy!  

If you have any fun Homecoming memories, please share them in the comments!  I can't wait to read all about them!!!


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9 comments:

  1. LOVED this post! Great looking kids! Our small, private school has someone make our homecoming mums and sells them at the school. They're pretty big, too, but not nearly as big as y'all's!! Now I'm headed to Urban Dictionary! Eek!

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  2. *on a step AND in wedges! Goodness how did he grow up so fast? (And I've only seen him for a couple of years!!!)

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  3. I love all the Texas stuff for Homecoming, we have NOTHING like that here, although I think it would be so fun. Now I"m saying that as a 30-something person, as a teenager, I don't think I would think it was that awesome...haha!

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  4. I had no idea what that meant, Netflix and chill! Oh my word and I even Have two older daughters! I guess I am really out of touch with all of that LOL

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  5. He looked so handsome! I do know what Netflix and Chill means, but that's hilarious! In Pittsburgh, homecoming proposals are a thing, but we don't have homecoming mums here!

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  6. OMG I'm dying over his text back to you even after already knowing this! haha...this will go down as one of the very best. He looks so handsome and it looks like they had a great group!

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  7. This brings back so many fun memories of Homecoming! Love the homecoming mums. What a fun post!!

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  8. I was late to learning the "and chill" part too. LOL!! But I have known for awhile now :)
    I can't believe MUMS aren't a thing EVERYWHERE! I loved making them with my mom and sister. :::SIGH:::
    I love, love, love that picture with you and your son!! :)
    XOXO
    Dean
    www.mrsaokaworkinprogress.com

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  9. Just shared this post with my daughter and she laughed so hard when she read your texts with your son. :) She said this post has to be the pick this week :)
    #MMBH

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