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Local flower shop prepares for homecoming mum season

Young ladies go all out creating their homecoming mums. Now, the traditional decoration of fresh flowers and ribbons has been replaced with something much larger (ABC 7 Amarillo - Morgan Burrell).

One of the special signatures of the Texas high school football season is the way students celebrate Homecoming.

Young ladies go all out creating their Homecoming mums. Now, the traditional decoration of fresh flowers and ribbons has been replaced with something much larger.

"My first mum was just a little mum," said Glenda Moore, owner of H.R.’s Flowers in Canyon. "Just the mum, and it was fresh and shorter streamers."

Over the years, Moore has noticed a change in the meaning of Homecoming.

"Back then you'd put 'ex' whatever, if you graduated and you came to a Homecoming game because that's what Homecoming is really designed for is if you've graduated and come back,” said Moore.

Moore said now, the mum tradition has morphed into something bigger.

"It became a big deal, like who can make the biggest one,” said Moore.

The change of pace has made Moore more creative.

"Sometimes I wake up in the night and I think of things and I do it,” said Moore.

More said she has to be more creative, lately she has had some competition.

“So many kids are making their own now, their mothers are making them. They all get together and have mum making parties,” said Moore.

What used to be, is not the way things are today.

"We used to sell 300 or more where I came from. Here we sell 150 or less and it's just dwindling down each year,” said Moore.

The flower shop owner said she can compete with the competition.

"And then sometimes they get really heavy,” said Moore. “I've made some big ones so I always weigh them down with my stapler."

Armed with the right tools, Moore said she is ready for whatever the future of Homecoming mums will be.

"I just got off the phone yesterday and ordered a bunch of trinkets and things that I was low on this year,” said Moore.

On Friday, Highland Park, Amarillo High and Randall High School students will be decked out in their mum and garter gear for their Homecoming games.

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