The St. Regis Dubai is situated in a new area of Dubai, Al Habtoor City, where on my visit they were in the process of building a water canal that would flow all the way to central Dubai. We were told it would be finished a few weeks after our visit and I couldn't believe it, as it was more or less a building site when we were there, but true to their word after researching online, it is done and looks very impressive.
Sadly, each year we receive complaints from parents who have been severely disappointed by the failure of the promise provided by the 'real' Father Christmas brochure. We have heard of holidaymakers experiencing a rushed 'day' trip, with little of what was promised or indeed having to deal with children's disappointment at not seeing Father Christmas, to serious injuries as a result of tobogganing or other activities!
It is the same thing every year; as soon as December 1st rears its head us Christmas lovers go into meltdown. We have this deep need that grows every year to make this Christmas the best Christmas yet and whether it's even more decorations and lights or more pots of twiglets than your family can physically consume, no expense is spared and no detail left out. T
I'm using the 'festive fear' as a collective term for negative feelings of stress, anxiety and irrational thoughts during the Christmas period. These could be feelings of financial stress, anxiety about seeing family members who've had rifts with in the past or perhaps obsessive irrational thoughts concerning your hosting skills or the gifts you've bought.
Surprise surprise, you're not fluent in French yet. A year abroad is supposedly the best experience you'll ever have. You've heard rumours of fresh croissants for breakfast in Paris, envisaged yourself becoming a pro-surfer in Australia, and you can't wait to update your Facebook status to "moved to Italy".