In all Scandinavian countries you are allowed to make your own fireworks display on New Years eve. For the last 6 years we have been at our vacation home in Sweden for the week between Christmas and New Years (Romjul) and always spend the New Years eve at a neighbourhood party with our friends. This is the highlight of our trip, with good friends, a little bubbly, a seafood dinner and then of course starting the New Year with a big bang!!

I have bought my own fireworks all of my adult life, and so much remember setting up the display when the kids were small. When they got a bit older they helped to make a launch pad out of snow and a bottle to put the rocket stick in. Today we usually buy a case of fireworks which only have one fuse and they go off one after the another…new and modern, pretty but not quite as challenging. But then even I can be a bit old fashioned I guess.

The fireworks are not available the whole year. Primarily they have stayed legal in the Scandinavia only on New Years when there is usually snow on the ground, or at least frost, which helps to prevent accidental fires. The local groceries and small shops usually get a license to sell them, and the sale begins when they open after Christmas and lasts only until New Years Eve. Here our local kiosk is turned into a firework shop, and you can see examples of the fireworks before you shop them on a video display:

Buying New Year Fireworks in Norway

If you would like to know more about where and how to buy fireworks please read my post from two years ago!

And of course you know even when I shoot up fireworks I have my mobile phone handy, and I was excited to try the video function on my new Nokia N82! So to give you a New Years thrill, here is the display:

To all of my readers and faithful blog friends I wish you the very best in 2009! As my back is still bothering me I am actually dictating this post to my lovely wife Diane who is writing for me because its hard to type. So please don’t feel neglected if I don’t visit and comment as normal, I am thinking of you and will return when my back is better. As compensation for being away so much I am giving my friends from my blog roll a little New Years gift of Link Love:

The Queer Chef -My blog designer!
A fish blog.com -Magnus Tangen in Norway
An American In Oslo -Kristie from LA, US
A Changing Life -A in Europe
Al’s Time Out
Aramis’ Blogg -A friend in Norwegian
Backpacking Philippines Travel Guide -Tutubi Flight Chronicles
BackPackTourists -My son travailing the world
Blog -Blond -Kuanyin from Maui Hawaii, US
Blogging Sueblimely -English ex-pat, Australian webdesigner and blogging aficionado
Bloggin’ Outloud
Brykmantra -Mark in US
Sandee (Comedy +) -in California, Us
Correr Es Mi Destino -Zhu, French/Canadian teacher in Ottawa
Confessions of an Expat’s Wife
Dackel Princess -Maribeth in US
Dagboek -Thess; Her writings during stolen moments…
Dave Winer -Scripting News
DianeCA’s Metamorphoses -My beloved wife!
Diane’s Place in US
Do It Myself Blog -Glenda’s inspiring autobiography
EastcoastLife -a lively girl in Singapore
eGuiden-Backstage -Gunnar in Norway
eirikso.com -Media.HTPC.Mobile.Food.Travel
Excorcise my Devils -ShadowFalcon in Australia
ExpatTravels -From Switzerland to Canada
Espreson -Sarbarth, Expressing with words
Fleur de Lisa -From Indiana, US
Fruity from Fruit Spices
Gentle & Compassionate -Ghee in Japan + Ally And Allies
Genre Cookshop -Nancy Bea Miller in Philadelphia, US
Himalman’s Weblog -An Everest climber
House of Lime -Michelle in US
Here in the Hills -Naomi: OldOldLadyOfTheHills in LA, US
Humanyms -Pearl in Canada
In Soul -Ginnie in Georgia, US and Amsterdam
In Nederland -Thess from the Philippines
Insanity Prevails -Melli in US
Interesting observations -Pearl with various aspects of blogging
Iternational Blog of Food -I’m a Team blogger her!
Fresh Mess -Mark from the Philippines living in Oslo
Italian’s Insight to Travel Italy
It’s all about luck -Morten Lund from Denmark
It’s all about me -Teena in Toronto, Canada
Kladdeboka by Paal (Norwegian)
Ladybug’s Leaf
Laza83 -Claudie in France
Letters to the Universe
Life in the fast lane -Deborah Petersen in Alberta, Canada
Lifecruiser -in Sweden
Life, Humour and Recipes -Colin in UK
LikeTress -Kim, an award winning portrait artist
maremagnum -A Chilean expat in Barcelona, Spain
Max Coutinho -In Portugal
Miss Cellania -A funny single mom in Kentucky, US
Moderatlely Confused Pinay in Deutschland
Motivated Motion -Lynn Tucker in Canada
Much of a muchness -Diane, live in deepest, darkest Dorset
My insanity! -A Filipino living in Chicago, US
My life is murphy’s law -Ev Nucci in US
My Sarisari Store
mökkikunta -A blog friend from Finland
Olga, the Traveling Bra -A Globetrotter
Random thoughts on Norway -Kenneth from Norway in Prague
Speedcat Hollydale Page -Eric “Speedcat Hollydale” in Minnesota, US
Spilling Out -Mother of Invention in Canada
Sue’s Daily Photography
Susies The Boss in US
Tin-tin: What Makes My Life Pretty?
The Queen’s Rambles
~*~Tinkerbell~*~ -The magical journal of a Dutch
Through JoAnn’s Digital Eyes’-NL
TorAa Mirror -in Norway
Tricia’s Musings -A nurse, A wife living the Fun fun social life
Trails -Gisle in Norway
Traveler’s Tales -Traveller, Foodie and Gearhead
Wanderlust Sha -Wanderlust in Greece
Will Pate – Hugs not thugs
Wish I was there -Hexe in Florida
Word Strumpet -Charlotte Rains Dixon in Portland, US
Yours-Truly.net -Caledonia in Scotland


I hope everyone enjoyed the New Year celebration and to see you soon!

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