Family Cultural Expressions
In this essay, I will be telling you about my family's cultural expressions.
Now, I will introduce my family to you. My mom is 33 years old. She works
in the big University of Wisconsin. My dad is 29 years old. He also works
at the big University of Wisconsin.
First I will tell you about how my family behaves when we are invited
to someone's house.
Being a Guest
If my family is invited to somebody's house, we do some Russian cultural
things, like when I come into the house, I always take my shoes off (I
don't take my shoes off if the host insists on it).
Another cultural thing is, if the host says something, I should answer
"yes" or "okay." For example, "Okay, the food
is ready! You can come up to the table." So I should come to the
table and eat.
An another cultural thing is, if I want to drink something, no matter
how thirsty I am, I can't just ask the host if he or she could give me
something to drink, nor can I just take something to drink. I should wait
until the host offers me something to drink. Only then I can drink something.
If the host doesn't offer something to drink at all, there is nothing
you can do about it. If that happens, you should wait until the party
(or whatever you were doing) is over then you can go back home and drink
Now I will tell you about how my family and other people decorate their
I live in an apartment building. On the manager's door there are always
medium-sized stickers. There is one big sticker that is a bear holding
one huge candy.
If it is Christmas, that management door has a decorative tree with artificial
ornaments on it. On the bottom of the door, there those presents that
have nothing but a box in it. There is also that artificial large oven
with artificial fire in it (that oven is on the bottom of the door, just
like those presents are).
My family decorates our own apartment with pictures. We have nature pictures,
which include forests, trees, grass, and water. We also have Egypt pictures,
which includes old Egypt humans, and Egypt masks. We also have New York
pictures, which include big buildings, water and huge bridge.
On Christmas, we have a tree with ornaments on it. The tree is small,
so we put I on a table.
Now I will tell you about some different food my family eats on holidays
or special occasions.
When we celebrate holidays like Christmas or New Year, we usually eat
several traditional dishes. One of them is pirozhki. Pirozhki is like
egg roll, only it is kind of flat, and it has a shape of a very fat cylinder.
Pirozhki usual are made out of dough and meat or cheese.
When we have holiday dinners, we use a traditional tablecloths called
a Rushnik. It is usually homemade white fabric with bright red flowers
and birds on it. But that is only the traditional design. There can be
a lot of different designs. But there is one important thing about the
Rushnik - if you were going to make the Rushnik, you have to have the
same design on both sides.
Now I will tell you about toddlers and a Russian toy called Matroshka.
If any family has a toddler, the toddler will play with a Russian doll
called Matroshka. Matroshka is a round doll. On Matroshka, there is a
drawing of a person. This is how you can play with Matroshka - you open
that round doll, and inside there is a smaller doll, with another person
drawn on it. And you keep on opening Matroshka until it gets too small
to open. Then you can go backwards, put little dolls into big dolls. And
you can play like that over and over again.
Some people play with Matroshka, others keep it in one place. The drawing
on the dolls might be real people. I have a Matroshka with pictures of
presidents on it. Other dolls have imaginary people on it (people that
nobody has seen before).
Now I will tell you about my great grandma's needlework. She sewed a
lot of cool stuff. When my great grandma was young (that was in the beginning
of the 20th century), she did embroidery and sewing. It was a hard time
for Russia, because it was a world war. All the grocery stores and supermarkets
were destroyed, so people had to alter old clothes for themselves. My
great grandma had to sew dresses for herself; she had to sew and embroider
pillowcases, sheets, and comforters in order to sleep. She also sewed
and embroidered curtains for the windows and she placed curtains on her
windows (but of course you know where curtains go). She usually used white
flax and embroidered red flowers.
I hope you have learned some cool stuff form my essay. It was very much
fun telling you about Russian traditional stuff.