What's a Football Mum?
|Football mums have been a long time tradition in Texas and are growing
in popularity across the south and abroad. Football mums also called
Homecoming Mums, Spirit Mums or just simply "Mums" began years ago as a
corsage with a live ball mum or chrysanthemum and was given by a boy to
his date for the homecoming dance in high school. Click here for pictures of football mums.
Since the corsage was worn to the homecoming game as well as the dance,
the ribbons were often chosen to match the team colors. It did not take
long for florists to begin writing on the ribbons with glue and
sprinkling glitter on to add a touch of dazzle. The ribbons began to
get longer, bells were added, charms and trinkets (originally Christmas
decorations) were added to show "team spirit".
The growing popularity of the football mum became a big season for the
florist. Valentines and Mothers Day kept the florists busy during the
spring and early summer but now there was a fall event that provided
income. One big problem surfaced. Due to the live flower - these
creations could not be made far in advance - hence the artificial
Glitter and glue was also a very messy way to write on the ribbons and
soon glitter stickers were created as an easier and better looking alternative. The
importers of Christmas decorations, cowbells, etc. began to see the
need for "team spirit" related charms, trinkets, and garlands. Thus an industry was born.
In the early 1980's a small craft store by the name of The Saleplace
began selling supplies for making football mums to the public. Other
early "pioneers" of the retail mum industry include Audria's Crafts. By
the late 80's store such as Michael's and Amber's offered the
supplies to the public. This availability created a cottage industry in
Texas and provided a source of extra income for many crafty people
throughout the state.
Football mums have become one of the most profitable fund raising
opportunities for booster clubs and organizations today. Many schools
and booster clubs report this project as their "biggest money maker".
The phenomenon is on the move. For years the football mum has been
spreading in popularity across the south ans is now very common in
states such as Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Alabama,
and Arkansas and North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia are catching up
As the saying goes "everything is bigger in Texas" - including corsages and team spirit. Texans truly do have Monster Spirit