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 Grüne Weihnachten - Goethe-Institut Advent calendar© Carolin Eitel, Goethe-Institut

Advent calendar 2019

“Alle Jahre wieder” (“Every year again”, a traditional German Christmas carol) the Advent season is just around the corner and that means - the Goethe-Institut's Advent Calendar is back!
This year we'll accompany Sasha and her dog Kasha, who are trying to lead their daily lives sustainably during the pre-Christmas season - with biscuit baking, gift shopping and Christmas market strolls. Is that even possible?
And there's a cool Goethe surprise package hidden behind every little door! Win gifts every day to read, watch or ponder. In addition, a German Online Individual Course worth € 695,- will be raffled among all participants this year as well. Participating pays off!

I'm Sasha

Last year I spent Christmas in Germany for the first time - with my au pair family. In Ukraine we celebrate Christmas differently; so many things were new to me. I had a lot to learn about Christmas in Germany - and I really enjoyed it. I continue to live in Germany because I' m studying here, have found work and lots of friends. I also have a dog: Kasha. In Ukraine, porridge is called kasha, and after mum and dad it is one of the first and most important words children learn there.
So after mum and dad, Kasha – she’s with me at every turn and helps me with my Christmas preparations. Christmas is the feast of love and reflection – I’d like to show you what this means to me. Because reflection also means being attentive to oneself and one's environment. I know my way around Germany a little better this year and am looking forward to celebrating my green Christmas together with you.

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