Mums remain a homecoming tradition at Texoma schools

SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) - Friday is Sherman's homecoming football game, and along with that comes the tradition of mums, which are popular in schools across Texoma.

"Everything's bigger in Texas, so it would make sense that it would be such a big thing, they're literally huge," mum maker Abbie Sparks said.

Sparks said she graduated from Sherman High School in 2014, and started making mums in a floral design class when she was a senior.

"It's basically a sign of school spirit and to show people that come back for homecoming, hey this is what we're about, we love our school," Sparks said.

Sparks said mums are named after the chrysanthemum flower in the middle, and she's had a lot of orders with homecoming approaching.

"It's a Texas tradition and it's basically cardboard, streamer and a big white flower," Sparks said.

Sparks said that they aren't just for high school students. She's made them for all ages.

She's kept her high school mum over the years and doesn't want to see the tradition fade.

"I think it would be a cool thing to show my kids especially if mums aren't a thing anymore," Sparks said.

The mums are typically decorated relating to things that the student is involved in, but there are no limits.

"Really with mums there's no rules, there's kind of the traditional look but how you decide to make it is totally up to you and what the client wants," Sparks said.

She said she hopes the tradition will carry on for years to come.