The Red Sea Newsletter Issue 48
22nd December 2003

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Les Petites is a foreign managed nursery located in El Gouna, near the Golf Course at the entrance to Downtown, in a very spacious area. Children from the age of 3 months to 4 years of age are accepted at the nursery.

English, French and Arabic are offered by Les Petites in both the National and International system and all children are offered an educational program in co-operation with EGIS (El Gouna International School).

The nursery also offers:

  • Hot lunches served daily.
  • Free bus transportation for Hurghada residents.
  • Extra time until 6 pm.
  • Open all year round, 6 days per week, from 8 am to 5 pm.
  • After school activities in the nursery's private gym for children from 4 to 13
  • Private English, French, Spanish & Italian lessons.
  • Private Art lessons.
  • Outside/inside area available for children's parties.
  • Summer Camp.
  • Pre-natal, yoga, aerobic, body sculpture and stretching classes for adults.

For more information, please contact : Marika 012 393 4407

Local News

Christmas Day Weather
  Partly sunny and pleasant
  High: 240C
  Winds: NNW at 10 km/h
  Wind Gusts: 27 km/h

What's On ... in Cairo

Christmas Carol’s Schedule

Praise Team: Tues 23 December: Hilton Dream Park (7pm)  
  Wed 24 December: Le Meridien El-Haram (7pm)  

Better Life: Thurs 25 December: Covered Hall – Cairo Stadium (7pm)
  Fri 2 January 2004: Alexandria Library (7pm)
  Sat 3 January 2004: El-Gomhouria Stage- Cairo Opera House (7pm)

Message Team: Mon 29 December: El Sawy Culture center – Zamalek (8pm)
  Tues 30 December: New Ramsis College (8.00 pm – Open Air)

Parents & Kids Guide

The history of Santa Claus began with a man called Saint Nicholas, the Bishop of Myra in Asia Minor, in what is now Turkey. Saint Nicholas was known for his charity and wisdom. Legends tell of his wealthy family, how he gave all his money to the poor and how he possessed magical powers. Late in the 11th century, religious soldiers from Italy took the remains of the saint back with them to Italy. They built a church in honour of him in the town of Bari, a port town in southern Italy.

Soon Christian pilgrims from all over the world came to visit the church of Saint Nicholas and took the legend of Saint Nicholas back to their native lands. As the legend of Saint Nicholas spread, it would take on the characteristics of each country.

In Europe during the 12th century, Saint Nicholas Day became a day of gift giving and charity. Germany, France, and Holland celebrated 6th December as a religious holiday and gave gifts to their children and the poor. When the Dutch colonists traveled to America, they brought with them their Sinterklaas, an austere bishop who wore a red bishop's costume and rode on a white horse. The American image of Sinterklaas would gradually evolve into that of a jolly old man.

In the 1860s, cartoonist Thomas Nash drew pictures of a plump and kindly Santa Claus for the illustrated Harper's Weekly. This image of Santa Claus was becoming ingrained in the minds of the American people. As time went on this image of Santa Claus traveled across the globe, back to Europe, to South America, and elsewhere.

Many countries have kept their own customs and traditions of Saint Nicholas:

In Holland, Sinterklaas sails in on a ship arriving on 6th December. He carries a big book which tells him how the Dutch children have behaved during the past year. Good children are rewarded with gifts and the bad ones are taken away by his assistant, Black Peter.

In Germany, Saint Nicholas also travels with an assistant, known as Knecht Ruprecht, Krampus, or Pelzebock, and comes with a sack on his back and a rod in his hand. Good children receive a gift, but naughty children are punished by the assistant with a few hits of the rod.

In Italy, La Befana is a good witch who dresses all in black and brings gifts to children on the Epiphany, 6th January.

In many Spanish countries, Spain, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and South America, the children wait for the Three Kings to bring their Christmas gifts.

In France, Father Christmas, or Pere Noel, bring gifts for the children. Switzerland has the Christkindl or Christ Child and in some Swiss towns, children await a girl-angel who comes down from heaven bearing gifts.

The Scandinavian countries celebrate with an elf, called the julenisse or the juletomte.

In the UK, Santa Claus is commonly called Father Christmas, and carries the image of a round, plump, jolly old man dressed in Red, "Ho Ho Ho'ing" in a sleigh pulled by reindeer, delivering toys to the children of the world.

Taken from the Cambridge Evening News


Job Title: Office Assistant
Languages: English and German
Location: Hurghada
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For Sale/Rent
For Sale, Dry Suit, size XL, Trilaminat with Thinsulate underwear. Please contact: 010 687 9961. Hurghada.
Car for Sale - Dawoo Lanos 2, white, 5.000 Km, 6 months old, Red Sea plates, for sale immediately. Please contact: 010 687 9961. Hurghada.
Apartment for sale in Moubarak 2 area, Hurghada. Fully furnished, 1st floor flat with 3 bedrooms. A/C, satellite TV, telephone and automatic washing machine. Please contact : 012 747 2899
For rent or sale. El Hadaba area, close to the International Telephone Central, quiet 82 sqm furnished flat, 3rd floor with lift, living area, 2 bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom with tub, balcony, satellite, TV. Rent 800 LE monthly or nearest offer. Contact Tel/Fax: 00 49 681 685 0407 or email [email protected]
Car for Sale - BMW 530i, 1988 (new model "1990"), full option, tax free car, technical and optical in a very good condition, 4500 Euro. Please contact : Chris 012 380 1551 [email protected]

Apartment for Sale in Abu Tig Marina (front line), El Gouna. For more information please contact: Roberta 012 2223573 or [email protected]

Villa for rent. Located in Old Vic, Hurghada. Next to Marriott Hotel with private beach. Three bedroom, three bathroom, kitchen, balcony overlooking the sea, living room and sattelite television. Fully furnished with A/C. Beach 20m away from terrace. Long and short term rental. Please contact: Tamim M. Kaddah 010 140 2878, e-mail: [email protected].

Apartment for rent - two bedrooms, two bathrooms, American-style kitchen , livingroom, private roof terrace, air-conditioning and a lot more. Location - EL GOUNA, Abu Tig New Marina Town. For long-term rent. Please contact: Gamal Nassif [email protected]
Responsible person required to look after 7 year old girl. Please contact: Ahmed, Andreas Hotel, Hurghada. Tel: 010 538 2869
English lady required to work as Nursery Assistant, to work with children aged 3-4 years. Nursery experience preferred, but not essential as full training will be given. Salary dependent on experience. Please contact: Marika 012 393 4407
German Managerial Secretary/Project Assistant, German & English speaking,
with experience as Guest Relation in El Gouna, is currently looking for a new
position, e.g. Secretary, Management Assistant or Guest Relation.
[email protected].
Looking for a FOOTBALL-TRAINER !!! We are 10 international boys between 6 and 10 years of age who play football once a week. Is there anybody in Hurghada who loves to play football and would like to coach us, show us some tricks, tell us the rules and have fun with us on the football court? We all speak English and Arabic and we are very enthusiastic about learning great football. Please call 444925 or 012 224 4041
Looking for a Music teacher. Samir (7 years) and Junis (almost 5 years) are looking for someone nice who loves music and kids. We would love to learn drums and/or guitar once a week. Just call our mum Kiki: 444925 or 012 224 4041 
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