I think 2009 will be a great year to curl up with a book (borrowed if finances are in a pinch) and escape. Sure there are video games, I gave up the better part of a week to Lord of the Rings Online and I missed the imagination that books bring. There are movies too, but there is just something about strength of self interpretation that movies generally don't allow you to explore.
So start planning what you'll read next year. In light of the US election I'd highly recommend Barack Obama's book Dreams From My Father. It is an amazingly candid view of Barack before his US political career. He spoke what he felt and I really enjoyed the book. I hope you do to.