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There aren't a lot of seasonal changes here from Summer to Fall, so you have to depend on more subtle social cues to tell when Autumn occurs. The Homecoming Mum is a sure indicator that Autumn has arrived! Other methods of identification include the start of high school football, the closing of the snow cone stands, and the inexplicable arrival of sweaters in all of the stores. For those of you who aren't from Texas, a Homecoming Mum is a huge conglomeration of ribbons, stuffed animals, cow bells, glittery letters, tiny plastic football helmets, and of course, a chrysanthemum (all done up nicely in your school colors) These lovely corsages can have ribbons that trail on the floor and weigh several pounds.