Christmas Traditions in Iceland

The one good thing about this whole pandemic is that because of the lockdown, my boyfriend and I don’t have to travel anywhere. I am not trying to sound rude, but I am trying to look at the positives of not being able to see my family over Christmas.

I will definitely be doing this with my boyfriend tomorrow. I have decided that I am going to read Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan.

Another fun fact is that the majority of all books that gets published in Iceland happen near Christmas time, so people can buy their books to read on Christmas Eve.


The Lockdown Tag

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My Answers
1. Overall, how are you handling the quarantine?
It’s been okay, I have been enjoying the time to be with myself. Although I do miss my family when we would celebrate birthdays and other holidays, etc. But all in it has been an enjoyable time to be with my thoughts.

2. Have you violated any of the restrictions? If yes, what rule(s) did you break?
I haven’t broken the rules, because I try to not make non-essential trips out. I don’t want to catch the virus, so I take all the safety cautions.

3. What viral recipes have you tried during the lockdown?
I have only been making my recipes, I haven’t really tried anything new during this time.

4. What activities have you missed the most during quarantine?
Probably the family gatherings, and being able to gather around with family over a sports games. Just the freedom in general.

5. Do you wear a mask when you leave the house?
Yes, for when I take the bus, or go to the grocery store. But if I’m leaving the house to go for a walk in my neighbourhood, I just pack one in my purse, just in case I need to pick up a drink or a snack afterwards. I normally don’t wear one if I’m just walking outside. I just keep my distance from everyone if I see other people.

6. Are you an essential worker? If yes, what is your job title?
I was apparently classified as one when I used to work at a coffee shop, but I left that job for personal reasons. Right now, I’m just working on my blog.

7. How do you exercise during the lockdown?
I have been having some more time now for me to practice yoga. I make time for going on walks throughout my nieghbourhood.

8. Have you subscribed to any new subscription services since the lockdown started?

9. What did/does your daily schedule look like before the pandemic started?
I used to have to wake up at 5 to go to work, work either 8 to 8.5 hour shift at the coffee shop. Then bus back, and since I live far away from work. Working and busing to and from work usually took about 11 hours. And then I spend some time cleaning my place and then take a shower. Prepare dinner and then clean up with kitchen after dinner. I would probably have an hour to 90 minutes relaxing before going to bed. Working at that job didn’t bring much happiness to be honest.

10. Do you think that the pandemic is getting better or worse?
I believe it is getting worse, since my country has been allowing schools to be open. They were closed at the start of the pandemic. A lot of people have been large gatherings of people. I feel like this isn’t helping us. There are rumours that there might be a second wave upcoming soon with the cold months and flu season.

11. What have you learnt/became grateful for during the lockdown?
I am continuing to recognize the value of time and that you might not know what the future holds. I used to put things off until later, but now that I know better, I no longer do that. I like to get things done right away. I am grateful for the use of technology that allows us to stay in contact with our loved ones.

12. How do you think the world should learn from this pandemic so that things are better in the future?
I definitely like having extra supplies on hand, shower gels, shampoo, conditioners, etc., so I will definitely continue having extra supplies on hand. We should learn not to put things off later than we should. Other than that I’m not all entirely sure.

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My Questions
I’m going to leave them the same as what I had answered. 🙂 I can’t wait to read all of your responses.


So, where do I begin… I have been off work since mid March due to medical reasons and anxiety. I must say, I have learned a lot of myself that I wouldn’t have gotten to known without all of this extra time. I am really thankful to have had this spare time.

I understand that these were uncertain times for others, but I tried to do my part by limiting the spread of the virus, and perhaps passing it off to others, by staying home. And I know that not everyone had this opportunity, so I hope everyone stays safe.

My boyfriend and I just moved in with one of his friend’s a month prior to my time off from work. I was able to organize and reorganize our room. I was able to remove things that didn’t have much value in our lives. That was a really fun experience.

I am returning back to work tomorrow, so I am little nervous. I know that where I am, there are still cases, but it’s not a relatively large number of cases. It still makes me nervous, but I will make it my priority to stay safe.

These are the things I am going to miss, when I return to work…

  1. Being able to sleep whenever I am tired, and not worrying about having to set an alarm. I can fall asleep at any time. Some days I took full advantage of that. I know this wasn’t healthy, but some nights I slept for ten hours. It was such a luxury to stay in bed until I wanted to do something else.
  2. Having time to exercise. I enjoyed going for a walk in the neighbourhood, especially since it is a new neighbourhood. I was able to make space in my room for my yoga mat to practice yoga routines, and meditation. I live pretty far from where I work, so by the time I leave in the morning, work, come back it’s basically dinner time. I know, I am not the only one who has this problem, and I know that some people have children to take care of as well. But I see the problem, and I have solutions to fix this situation.
  3. The feeling of not being stressed or anxious about a work related problem. It has been peaceful to not have to deal with any of these problems.
  4. The freedom of having spare time. I had time to declutter, read books, clean and blog again. I am so thankful for using this time for good use for myself.
  5. It made me realize that I can do and be anything I want. I would love to be my own boss, and have freedom doing whatever I like. I loved creating my own schedule and my own to-do list. That is probably the thing I am going to miss the most from the whole quarantine. It was such a luxury. The whole experience made me realize that I am always one decision from a different life.

I will try to continue to do the things I have learnt during this spare time. I will also try to coordinate the things I had time to do, into my new schedule.