12 Fireworks You Saw This New Year's Eve

12 Fireworks You Saw This New Year's Eve

2017 started off with an explosive blast around the world — complete with these 12 classic fireworks as the main event.

When 2017 New Year's celebrations lit up the skies around the globe, there were 17 particular fireworks you may have seen — from the classic home-starter flares to the massively impressive national explosions in person or on TV. Which was your favorite?

1. Peony

This burst of sparks is classic party-starter at every New Year's celebration around the world.

2. Chrysanthemum

The peony's counterpart is the chrysanthemum — an elegant array of ombre shades.

3. Crossette

This multi-faceted firework deserves an in-person double-take, for no picture or video can do justice to the real thing.

4. Girandola

It's brighter than we would expect a future beyond 2016 to be.

5. Skyrocket

As 2016 comes to a jolting end, 2017 begins with a tiny spark.

6. Comet

Light up the sky with this spectacular row of comets, and your neighbors will be left in awe. Just be sure to aim away from their yards.

7. Roman Candle

Short, strong and straightforward form of entertainment for the night. Often sighted in 'murica.

8. Pearls

A classy counterpart for the British and French.

9. Fountain

An affordable old-timer that runs for a good two to three minutes before fizzing out — great for people with little kids who want an eye-level star show.

10. Ground Spinners

Here's another staple to add to the neighborhood-firework-show-pack.

11. Sparklers

Are you on a budget but need some shine to celebrate the new year with a sparkly stick of which you'll post a pic on Facebook later to commemorate the "new" you? Then this is just the item for you!

12. Parachute

Bright parachutes (pictured left) and colorful smokebombs (pictured right) are a great overdue, last-minute way to celebrate New Year's in the daytime of the New Year. For those zealous pre-prepared folks, these two "fireworks" were just for warming up on New Year's Eve.

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10 Bible Verses For Thanksgiving

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The Thanksgiving season is a time we spend with our loved ones giving thanks for the blessings we are given. Here are 20 Bible verses that remind us of what Thanksgiving is all about:

1) 1 Chronicles 16:34

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

2) Colossians 3:15-17

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

3) Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

4) Psalm 30:12

That my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

5) Isaiah 12:4-5

And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.

6) Hebrews 12:28-29

Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.

7) Jonah 2:9

But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay Salvation is from the Lord."

8) 1 Timothy 4:4-5

For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.

9) Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.

10) Psalm 100:4

Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.

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I'm sure there will be plenty of other things that will happen to us over the next four years that nobody saw coming... but here's what's been going on so far! I was surprised by the variety of answers I got from others, yet a lot of them are also very similar. Interesting... here's to what's next!

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