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Welcome back to Three on Thursday, a weekly list of three things I'm loving at the moment that I think you should do, try, or buy.  If you're interested in past weeks and more recommendations, you can find those here.  If you make your own Three on Thursday list, please share it in the comments so I can check it out.

ONE.

Chinese Zodiac and Year of the Rat Info.  Chinese New Year is almost here and it's about to be the year of the rat.  I'm always fascinated by all things zodiac, Chinese zodiac included because the personality details always suit me well.  I love getting insight into things like how the year will go and what my lucky numbers are, I think it's fun.  Which Chinese zodiac sign are you?  I am a rat, according to my birthdate, and unfortunately, the year of your animal is the unluckiest of the 12 for you.  Sorry, fellow rats.  But here's how we're going to combat that:

TWO.

Red Everything.  Always see a lot of red associated with Chinese New Year?  It's considered a lucky color as well as one that wards off evil, because it's believed that demons are scared of the color.  Red lanterns are hung outside doors to ward off bad luck, and red envelopes containing money are gifted to symbolize 'lucky money' to bring financial good health in the coming year.  Many people also wear red underwear and clothing for the celebrations, as another form of bringing good fortune.  So if you're also a rat and worried about an unlucky year, just remember: red everything.

THREE.

Vegetable Dumplings Eating dumplings is traditional on Chinese New Year because they are the shape of an old form of currency and are thought to bring prosperity in the new year.  Making them for yourself really isn't that hard!  It's nice to be able to control the ingredients.  Truth: I get the store bought wrappers.  Also, the inside of veggie dumplings are very forgiving - you can add a myriad of vegetables and skip the ones you don't care for and it'll still taste great.