Keeping Holiday Cheer Alive, with Facilitator Beverly Flaxington

(PRWEB) December 13, 2011

Contact: Will Bower / 202-365-2536

While most people look forward to the holiday season, its arrival can bring remarkable amounts of” rel=””>stress and negativity. Whether it’s long lines at the mall or searching for an affordable plane ticket, holiday hassles can make it difficult to keep a smile on one’s face. Additionally, the economic uncertainties plaguing many families are causing them to question how they can realistically participate in the season of giving.

So what can everyday people do to maintain and spread holiday cheer? And how can we broaden the concept of giving beyond just money and gifts?

Author, facilitator, and behavioral expert Beverly Flaxington has answers. Her latest book “Understanding Other People: The Five Secrets to Human Behavior” ( aims to help people to improve their personal relationships and to deal more effectively with difficult people and situations. “Giving can mean simply giving of one?s self. It can mean giving of a happy spirit, of a smile or a kind word,” says Beverly. “Sometimes the best sort of giving is the kind that doesn?t include anything monetary but is simply a gesture that says to someone, ‘You matter in the world’.”

Ask Beverly:

— How to keep personal” rel=””>stress and family tensions to a minimum during the holidays

— What quick and simple ways exist to give to others

— How it’s still possible to “give” without buying gifts or spending money

— Why it’s important to spread holiday cheer to those who are often forgotten

Beverly D. Flaxington is an accomplished consultant, personal and career coach, author, college professor, corporate trainer, facilitator, behavioral expert, and business development expert, she has most recently appeared in or on “Eye on New York” on WCBS TV, U.S. News & World Report,, MSN, ?The Balancing Act? on Lifetime Television, Voice of America, NECN: New England Cable News, KNX 1070 Newsradio CBS Los Angeles, IRN/USA News, “The Shaun Proulx Show” on OUTtv, WJR Detroit, “The Jordan Rich Show” on WBZ Boston, “Talk of Chicago” with Kendall Moore, the CKNW Morning News Vancouver, Entrepreneur, The Christian Science Monitor, and several others.

To interview Beverly for your own audience, please contact Will Bower at will(at)allenmediastrategies(dot)com or 202-365-2536.

Private Tours The Best Way For Holiday Travelers To Discover Holy Land

Private Tours The Best Way For Holiday Travelers To Discover Holy Land

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Vancouver, Canada (Vocus) March 31, 2010

Just in time for the 2010 Passover and Easter holidays, ToursByLocals announces new Jerusalem and Holy Land private tours. Those hoping to walk the Via Dolorosa on Good Friday can do so in the company of a sensitive, knowledgeable and experienced local guide.

All private guides are licensed by the Israeli Ministry of Tourism, and are eager to provide travelers with an authentic “local” experience in addition to visiting Jerusalem’s traditional tourist highlights. Guides are passionate about their homeland’s archaeology, history, nature, art and architecture and can gear their tours to families, singles, couples and elderly travelers making a long-anticipated pilgrimage to Israel.

According to the Israel Airport Authority, the number of travelers coming by air to Jerusalem during the 2010 Passover/Easter holiday period will be 17% higher than the same period last year. Most tours are booked well in advance, making it difficult for travelers to find a reputable guide at the last minute. ToursByLocals offers private half and full-day tours of Jerusalem’s Christian, Jewish and Muslim holy sites – from the Wailing Wall to Temple Mount and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

For many travelers, a trip to Israel is the culmination of years of anticipation. A small, private tour – such as those offered by ToursByLocals guides – gives these devoted travelers the best possible experience, with a friendly local guide who offers flexibility, spontaneity and personal attention impossible to find on a large bus tour.

As Paul Melhus, President of ToursByLocals, explains: “It’s a much better travel experience when you see the reality of a place through the eyes of a local. The Israeli guides on our system are genuinely excited to meet travelers from all over the world and introduce them to this ancient nation’s religious sights, complicated history and modern-day politics.”

In addition to offering tours around the city of Jerusalem, ToursByLocals guides also accompany travelers to Galilee, on a Jezreel Valley tour, and a Herodium tour in the Judean Desert.

Holy Land tours can be booked through the company’s website.

About ToursByLocals

Launched in November 2008, Vancouver-based ToursByLocals connects travelers with local guides. Using internet technology, the company help travelers make a secure connection and transaction with knowledgeable local guides in any part of the world.

ToursByLocals is committed to promoting ethical tourism. By growing a global network of independent tour guides, ToursByLocals empowers these individuals to be in business for themselves, while giving travelers a more authentic experience of local culture.

Travelers who want to travel in a socially responsible way now have the option of hiring one of 550 independent local guides in over 65 countries (and growing).


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Shimla Holiday Packages – Religious Sites and Sightseeing Attractions

The capital city of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is one of the most frequented hill stations of Northern India. Undulated paths embroidered with lush pine, oak and rhododendron forests exude crisp mountain air; the entire scenery is both very tranquilizing and healing in character. A peaceful hamlet perched at the north-west Himalayas, Shimla is popularly known as the “Queen of Hills” for the beauty of its snow clad winters, captivating natural exuberance and Victorian style architecture. Shimla Holiday Packages thus unfold a world of nature’s bounty perfectly coupled with charming neo-gothic architecture built during colonial era by the British colonizers. The salubrious air and scenic views of the Himalayas are the most fascinating features of these Shimla tour packages.

Famous religious sightseeing destinations in Shimla:

Jakhoo Temple

Perched at an altitude of 8000 ft, Jakhu Hill is the highest peak in the region. The beauteous views of snow-clad peaks of Himalayas and the renowned Jakhoo Temple are its main attractions. It takes quiet an effort to reach the hilltop Jakhoo temple dedicated to Hanuman (the monkey god); according to the famous legend Lord Hanumana rested here for a while during his journey to bring Sanjivini Buti (A Herb). The temple premises are frequented by countless playful monkeys.

Christ Church

Located on the Ridge, Christ Church is the second oldest church in North India. Built by British colonisers, the church is built in very peculiar Victorian style architecture. Its stained glass windows represent Christian virtues such as faith, hope, charity, fortitude, patience and humility. A significant landmark in Shimla Christ Church looks majestic with a white façade.

Tara Devi Temple

Situated about 11 km from Shimla bus stand, Tara Devi Temple is a situated atop a lush hill. The temple is dedicated to Goddess of stars and is a renowned for its surrounding beauty and tranquilizing ambiance.

Other important tourist sights of Shimla holiday packages are:

The Mall

The main shopping street of Shimla, The Mall is where fun galore. The street is laden with finest of restaurants, banks, clubs, bars and tourist offices of the town and thus is frequented by both locals and tourists in big bulks. A walk in the region will provide numerous opportunities to shop, chit-chat, dine and have an absolutely fabulous evening. Himachal State Museum & Library: A visit to the state’s museum and library must be included in all Shimla tour packages for it provides a peep into the town’s historic heritage. The museum here has a collection of sculptors, coins, paintings and photos related to kingly rule on display.

Shimla Holiday Packages introduce a unique concoction of natural splendour and urban charms to its visitors. The town settled in the foothills of Himalayas is blessed with breath-taking beauty which is only enhanced further due to the presence of relics of colonial age. The town is dotted with fine accommodation, dining and recreation venues to compliment the effect of Shimla holidays. Renowned holy shrines, beautiful natural vistas, interesting sightseeing places and great tourist infrastructure, all these factors together makes Shimla one of the best holiday destinations ideal to escape the bustling city life.

Travelmasti is a traveler who likes to share his experiences. All the articles published by him will help you understand India better and answer all your holiday queries regarding North India Tour, Travel to Rajasthan including Rajasthan Tours etc. Find tourist info on travel destination, Holiday Packages, India Hotel and much more.

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38th Annual GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational (Ryan Harrow, CJ Leslie, Reggie Bullock, etc)

Here is a video recap of the 38th Annual GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) Holiday Invitational. The event featured some of the top talent North Carolina has to offer. In the last day of action Rice High School’s Shane Southwell hit an off balance jumper to beat out Kinston High for the Shavlik Randolph Invitational. The night game featured United Faith Christian Academy against Word of God. UFCA came out on top, 71-59. Players Featured; Dezmine Wells, Jeremy Jeffers, Shane Southwell, Hanner Perea, Kadeem Jack, Ryan Harrow, Tyler Lewis, Emanuel Chapman, Dallas Best, Kadeem Green, Ian Miller, Peter Jurkin, Bishop Daniels, Brian Richardson, Connor Belicic, Reggie Bullock, Kamren Belin, and CJ Leslie. For more information of the GSK visit
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Get in the Holiday Spirit as Cloud 9 Games Introduces Heavenly Harmony Christmas Classics

Austin, TX (PRWEB) September 19, 2007

Cloud 9 Games, Inc., a leading Christian game developer, announced today that it will take its Christian karaoke game to another level with the debut of Heavenly Harmony Christmas Classics. Featuring 20 of the greatest Christmas songs ever written, Heavenly Harmony Christmas Classics will be the first music expansion pack for the world’s first interactive Christian karaoke game.

“Everybody likes to sing Christmas songs, whether they are young or old, Christian or not. These songs are without a doubt some of the most popular and well-known songs in the world,” stated Jennifer Ratica, Marketing Director for Cloud 9 Games, Inc. “Christmas is the time of year when family members unite from all over the world. What could be more fun, entertaining and rewarding than to gather the family, pass the mic around, sing, laugh and enjoy each other’s company?”

Heavenly Harmony Christmas Classics Music Expansion Pack #1 includes the following songs:

·    “Away In A Manger”

·    “Carol Of The Bells”

·    “Deck The Halls”

·    “Do You Hear What I Hear”

·    “The First Noel”

·    “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”

·    “Hark The Herald Angels Sing”

·    “Here We Come A Caroling”

·    “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear”

·    “Jingle Bells”

·    “Joy To The World”

·    “O Holy Night”

·    “O Little Town Of Bethlehem”

·    “Oh Christmas Tree”

·    “Oh Come All Ye Faithful”

·    “Silent Night”

·    “We Three Kings”

·    “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”

·    “What Child Is This”

·    “Twelve Days Of Christmas”

Heavenly Harmony Christmas Classics is available for a suggested retail price of $ 19.95 at Christian retail stores or online at

Heavenly Harmony Karaoke and Vocal Performance Game is the only Christian karaoke computer game series in the world. It offers an unparalleled interactive music computer game experience that not only scores players on their singing pitch and rhythm but also displays the exact note they are singing and the note they should be singing. Using the hand-held microphone (included), players can sing to their favorite tunes as the amazing pitch-recognition technology displays their pitch accuracy in real-time, helping them stay on pitch and on time. Players unlock clothing options for their characters and move on to bigger and better performance venues as their singing skills improve. Heavenly Harmony also includes mini-games/activities to help aspiring singers improve their vocals as well as 25 great Christian songs to perform. These songs are a mixture of hymns, praise and worship, and contemporary Christian.

About Cloud 9 Games, Inc.

Cloud 9 Games, headquartered in Austin, Texas, is an independent developer and publisher of Christian entertainment software. Founded by a veteran of the video game industry, Cloud 9 Games is leading the way in creating quality Christian entertainment software for all ages to enjoy. Investment opportunities are currently available. Contact Curtis Ratica at curtis @ for more details.

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Egypt Travel Package, Holiday Egypt, tour packages egypt, egypt vacations, holidays egypt

In this tour you will stay in Cairo for four nights with all the guided tour to the great sights, visit the Great Pyramids, Sphinx and the Citadel of Saladin. Then Fly to Aswan to board the Nile cruise with all the sightseeing tours from Aswan to Luxor, to visit Karnak Temple, Valley of the Kings, Hatshipsut Temple, Kom Ombo Temple, Edfu Temple, High Dam, Philae Temple and the unfinished Obelisk

Tour Details
Tour Length: 8 Days / 7 Nights  Tour Location Cairo, Aswan, Luxor  
Schedule: All Week Days  Tour Price  
Tour Type: Private Tour Package  

Tour Itinerary

Day # 1:) Arrival Cairo
Arrive in Cairo to discover the contrasts of this ancient city, our representative will meet you at Cairo international airport beyond passport control to handle your Egyptian entry visa then will be accompanied to your hotel for check in with free welcome drink. Tonight, relax or enjoy optional evening of out of this world entertainment as we go to the Pyramids for the incredible Sound and Light Spectacular after you will return to your hotel and then the night is at leisure.

Day # 2:) Giza Sightseeing Tours
After your relaxing breakfast at the hotel in Cairo your own private English speaking Egyptologist guide will take you to Sakkara that is part of Memphis’s massive necropolis, and the burial site of the most ancient Pharaohs where you will see the first pyramids ever built in Egypt “Step Pyramid of King Djoser that was designed by Imhotep, the ancient Egyptian architect also you will visit the Teti Pyramid and tombs in Sakkara then a relaxing drive to the famous Giza Plateau, home of Egypt’s GREATEST attractions to visit The Great Pyramids, ONE of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world including the Great Pyramid of Cheops, middle pyramids of Chephren and the little one of Mykerinos with camel ride and family photo in front of Pyramids, then visit the mysterious Sphinx, the Father of Terror for the ancient pharaohs, the tour includes visit to the valley temple facing the great sphinx with option visit to the solar boat this was a boat used to carry the pharaoh’s mummy across the Nile, and then buried at the foot of the pyramid for his use in the afterlife then you will be transferred back to your hotel for a peaceful over night stay in Cairo

Day # 3:) Cairo – Aswan Nile cruise Holiday
Breakfast and then you will be transferred to Cairo airport to board your flight to Aswan, where you will be met and assisted by a REP who will transfer you to embark your Nile cruise for the next 4 days / 3 nights. Later you will be taken in an exciting tour to the world famous High Dam that was an engineering miracle when it was built in the 1960s. It contains 18 times the material used in the Great Pyramid of Cheops; continue to the granite quarries which supplied the ancient Egyptians with most of the hard stone used in pyramids and temples. The quarries still hold the famous Unfinished Obelisk and then you will be taking by motor-boat to island of Egilka visit the majestic Philae temple that was dedicated to the Goddesses Isis. For our enjoyment, a Felucca Ride is included on the Nile River in Aswan this afternoon. A final optional evening excursion will offer the sound and light show at the Temple of Philae. Return to the hotel free time at leisure in Aswan and overnight stay  

Day # 4:) Nile Cruise Holiday
Sail to Kom Ombo. After breakfast will be accompanied by your English speaking guide to visit Kom Ombo temple, the crocodile-headed God of fertility and creator of the world, lunch aboard your cruise with free time at le isure whilst sailing to Edfu to explore Edfu’s Temple of Horus, one of the best-preserved Ancient Egyptian temples on the Nile Continue the cruise down the Nile to Luxor. Afternoon tea is served on the sun –deck with dinner and overnight stay onboard cruise

Day # 5:) Nile Cruise Holiday
Breakfast onboard the cruise, and then you will be taken into the West Bank of the river Nile to visit the two colossal statues of Amenhotep III (Colossi of Memnon), and then visit the Valley of the Kings, where the magnificent tombs discovered, those tombs were carved deep into the desert rock, richly decorated and filled with treasures for the afterlife of the pharaohs, you will visit 3 tombs. Continue the tour to visit the Hatshipsut temple at El Deir El Bahary, this impressive temple dedicated to the Queen Hatshipsut the only female pharaoh rises out of the desert plain in a series of terraces and merges with the sheer limestone cliffs that surround it then back to the cruise for lunch, after afternoon tea on the ship with free time at leisure and overnight stay. Tonight, if you wish, enjoy an optional sound and light show at the Temple of Karnak   

Day # 6:) Nile Cruise Holiday – Luxor – Cairo
Today and after breakfast you will be accompanied by Egyptologist guide to visit Karnak Temple, the largest place of worship ever built. Its ancient name Ipet-isut means “the most sacred of places.” The temple, or, more correctly, the complex of temples, was built over more than two thousand years by generation after generation of pharaohs. Within the complex, the great “Hypostyle Hall” is an incredible forest of giant pillars .Then you will be transferred to the majestic Luxor temple which built by Amenhotep III and Ramses II for ritual and festivals and dedicated to the god Amun, and then you will be transferred to Luxor airport to fly back to Cairo with dirct transer to your hotel in Cairo for check into the hotel with free time at leisure and overnight stay.

Day # 7:) Cairo Sightseeing Tours
Full day tour to visit the world-renowned Museum of Egyptian Antiques that was built in neo-classical style designed by the French architec t Marcel Dourgnon which exhibits a collection now over 120000 masterpie ces ranges from pre-dynastic era, Pharaonic era to the Greco-roman period in Egypt including the treasures of the child King Tutankhamen, Pharaonic Gods and Goddess, with option visit to the mummies room at the Egyptian Museum where you may learn about the Great Egyptian civilization and the mummification art in ancient Egypt. Then you will also visit the Citadel of Saladin that is overlooking the city from the Muqattam Hills and Mohammed Ali Alabaster Mosque inside that was built in Turkish style and very similar to the Blue Mosque in Turkey and simply considered to be one of the landmarks in Cairo whose minaret can be seen from any part of old Cairo then visit the Christian heritage in Coptic Cairo including some of the early religious monuments of the city such as the hanging church or the suspended church this basilica church was named for its location on top of the south gate of the Fortress of Babylon the church became the center of the Christian Church of Egypt you will visit also the famous Jewish heritage in Cairo including Ben Ezra Synagogue the temple contains a Jewish heritage library, containing documents found here in 1896 that describe the economic and social conditions of Jews under Arab rule as well as descriptions of relations between various Jewish sects from there you will be transferred to your hotel for free time at leisure and overnight stay in Cairo

Day # 8:) Cairo /Home
Breakfast at your hotel in Cairo then you will be transferred to Cairo airport to fly back home.

Tour Includes
– Meet and greet service by our representatives at Cairo /Aswan/Luxor airport
– All transfers by private air – conditioned deluxe vehicles
– Egyptian entry visa upon arrival Cairo airport
-Interior flight tickets from Cairo – Aswan and from Luxor – Cairo with Egyptair
– Accommodation for 4 nights in Cairo hotel of your choice with breakfast
– Accommodation for 3 nights on board cruise Aswan-Luxor on full board
– Tour to Pyramids, Sphinx, Valley temple, Sakkara and Memphis
– Tour to the High Dam and Temple of Philae in Aswan
– Tour to Kom Ombo temple and Edfu temple enroute
– Tour to Karnak temples and Luxor temple in East bank of the Nile
– Tour to Valley of the Kings , Hatshepsut temple, colossi of Memnon
– Felucca ride in Luxor with sunset attendance
– Lunch meals (open buffet) during tours in Giza, Cairo
– Entrance fees to the sights in Giza/ Cairo /Aswan/Luxor
– English speaking guide in Giza / Cairo Aswan/Luxor
– Service charges and taxes included throughout the tours  

Tour Excludes
Personal Expenses and Optional Tours  

Summer prices ( May – September )
Three Stars  Four Stars  Five Stars  Luxury  
Triple room  690.00 $  775.20 $  918.00 $   
Double room  704.40 $  789.60 $  932.40 $   
Single room  789.60 $  946.80 $  1046.40 $   

Winter prices ( October – April )
Three Stars  Four Stars  Five Stars  Luxury  
Triple room  804.00 $  946.80 $  1032.00 $   
Double room  818.40 $  961.20 $  1046.40 $   
Single room  932.40 $  1060.80 $  1160.40 $   

All prices are quoted in Euro currency per person

Please add 135 Euro during XMAS. New Year, Easter periods  

Three stars Accomodations
Cairo: Pharoahs Hotel
Cruise: Nile Quest Cruise

Four Stars Accomodations
Cairo: Zoser Hotel
Cruise: M/S Shehrazad

Five Stars Accomodations
Cairo: Movenpick Pyramids
Cruise: M/S Al Jamila

Optional Extras
– Sound & Light show at the Pyramids at night
– Hot air balloon ride in Luxor  

Children Policy
– Child up to 2 years old free of Charge (exept flight excursions
– Child between 2-5 years old gets 50% Discount
– Child between 6-12 years old gets 35% Discount
-12 years old and plus pay adult rates considered adult person  

General Information
Tour Guides:
All our tour guides in Cairo are knowledgeable Egyptologist with at least 5 years experience. Also they have academic qualifications to make your tour such a success.

Payment plan:
25% down payment required to secure the booking and can be done online by Credit card, Visa and Master or bank  transfer
75% balance will required in arrival in Egypt and can be paid by credit cards or cash
Booking of your trip will be complete and confirmed by your tour designer as soon as we receive the 25% down payment

Egypt Aceesible Tours & Travels
we offer travel experiences for travelers with many types of physical disability. We are specialized in disabled travel in Egypt and Jordan. We offer private and customized accessible tours in Egypt for individuals, families and groups. Just send us your request details. Selected tours and shore excursions from the Europe cruises, Mediterranean cruises, and African cruises.
Extra charge for Wheelchair traveler to provide:
1. Personal care from our staff throughout the trip
2. Accessible modern air-conditioned vehicles provided
3. Selected hotels & Nile cruises with accessible room/cabin facilities
4. Wheelchair if required

What To Bring
– Hat
– Sun block
– Sunglasses
– Comfortable shoes
– Photo/Video Camera
– Warm clothes in winter
– Cotton clothes in summer
– Passport valid for 6 months

Contact us:

Albaraa Travel Egypt-Hurghada Branch
No: 12, 3 Floor in front of Mubarak II
TEL: 002 0653 452872
Fax: 002 0653 452871


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