winter activities http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/12856/all en-US Ask the Readers: What Is Your Favorite Winter Activity? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-favorite-winter-activity <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-favorite-winter-activity" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/kids-winter-playground-fun-459320471-small.jpg" alt="kids playground fun" title="kids playground fun" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-favorite-winter-activity#comment-760517">Elena</a>, Laura, and Susan for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Winter in many places can be cold, wet, and miserable... but the chilly days can be enjoyable, too! Building snowmen, sipping hot chocolate by a fireplace, or just taking a walk on a crisp afternoon are just a few activities that can make a winter day more pleasant.</p> <p><strong>What is your favorite winter activity?</strong> Why do you like it so much? Is it something you would invite others to do with you, or is it more of a solo activity?</p> <p>Tell us about your favorite winter activity and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will be randomly selected to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For Extra Entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of the other two Amazon Gift Cards:</li> </ul> <p><a id="rcwidget_7w24fx0d" data-template="" data-theme="classic" data-raflid="79857dfa156" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857dfa156/" class="rcptr">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> </p> <script src="//widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script></p> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, December 8th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after December 8th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us about your favorite winter activity and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-favorite-winter-activity">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-should-kids-get-paid-for-doing-chores">Ask The Readers: Should Kids Get Paid For Doing Chores?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-did-you-spend-your-first-paycheck">Ask the Readers: How Did You Spend Your First Paycheck?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-gift-cards-make-a-good-gift">Ask the Readers: Do Gift Cards Make a Good Gift?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-if-you-could-have-one-wish-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: If You Could Have One Wish (Chance to win $20!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-save-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: How Do You Save? (Chance to win $20!)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Giveaways Ask the Readers winter activities Tue, 02 Dec 2014 17:00:07 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1260490 at http://www.wisebread.com Cheap Thrills That Actually Satisfy http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-thrills-that-actually-satisfy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/cheap-thrills-that-actually-satisfy" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mountain_biking.jpg" alt="Guys mountain biking" title="Guys mountain biking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="156" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Cheap thrills sometimes get a bad rap, but there are plenty of budget-friendly activities that would satisfy any adrenaline junkie's needs. Nearly each one has different levels, whether you're a beginner or a pro, and you can try most of them out at a local gym, at the club, or in the great outdoors. Have a look, and get your rush on!</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Cheap-Ways-Treat-Yourself-22129255">RELATED: 22 Cheap Ways to Treat Yourself</a></p> <h2>Paintball</h2> <p>Get your competitive juices flowing by hitting people with paint and getting them out. Costs vary depending on the quality of the paint and how many balls you order, so if it's your first time trying out the sport, keep things simple.</p> <h2>Improv</h2> <p>Getting up in front of large groups is a big fear-inducer for many people. Feel the rush by taking an improv class at a local comedy club. Who knows? You might discover a hidden talent.</p> <h2>Mountain Biking</h2> <p>Riding a bike may sound like a fun way to exercise, but mountain biking is no easy feat. Off-roading onto tough terrain requires special mountain bikes that you should rent instead of spending upward of $500 on your own. If you have adrenaline junkie friends who have bikes you can borrow, all the better.</p> <h2>Ropes Course</h2> <p>Get transported back to gym class and tackle a local ropes course. Some gyms and outdoor facilities offer access for reasonable prices, but you can always create your own by jumping over orange cones and charging up the stairs.</p> <h2>Big-Kid Slides</h2> <p>You don't have to pay to go to an amusement park for heart-pounding rides. Outdoor parks and even malls have giant slides that twist and turn and are just as fun for adults.</p> <h2>Rock Climbing</h2> <p>There's nothing like feeling accomplished after completing a challenging task, and rock climbing is a big challenge. Save by taking a group instead of private lessons for the outdoor adventure. One of the cheapest ways to rock climb, however, is to go to an indoor climbing gym and pay for a day pass.</p> <h2>Surfing</h2> <p>Like several other outdoor activities, the good thing about surfing is that mother nature provides much of what you need. Once the waves are up, all that's left to rent is a surfboard and a wetsuit. Try to get a friend, or even a friend of a friend, to give you lessons. If all else fails, you can always try it yourself using tips from YouTube.</p> <h2>Sledding</h2> <p>One of the most inexpensive and fun activities is playing in the snow. Grab a plastic sled (or something comparable), take a deep breath, and head down the hill! <em><br /> </em></p> <p><em>Do you have any favorites?</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> From whipping down hills to walking out on a stage and making up everything on the spot, discover cheap thrills that satisfy. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com" style="border:none;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u4/savvysugar-300-small.jpg" alt="" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>SavvySugar</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Free-Things-Do-23881821">24 Fun and Free Things to Do&nbsp;This Weekend</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Where-Get-Free-Samples-25696773">10 Awesome Places to&nbsp;Score Free Samples</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Go-Movies-Cheap-12187346">How to Go to the Movies for Cheap</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/popsugar-smart-living">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-thrills-that-actually-satisfy">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-have-free-outdoor-fun">50+ Ways to Have Free Outdoor Fun</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-fun-winter-staycation-ideas">14 Fun Winter Staycation Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-be-frugal-without-becoming-a-hermit">How to Be Frugal (Without Becoming a Hermit)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-can-do-in-denver-that-you-cant-do-anywhere-else">8 Things You Can Do in Denver That You Can&#039;t Do Anywhere Else</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-frugal-non-depressing-ways-to-spend-nye">5 Frugal, Non-Depressing Ways to Spend NYE</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment cheap fun outdoor sports winter activities Mon, 03 Dec 2012 10:32:24 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 959509 at http://www.wisebread.com 14 Fun Winter Staycation Ideas http://www.wisebread.com/14-fun-winter-staycation-ideas <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/14-fun-winter-staycation-ideas" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/snow_tubing.jpg" alt="Snow tubing" title="Snow tubing" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="155" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you believe the Internet reports on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the economy is making a comeback.</p> <p>And perhaps it is. With Americans spending record amounts of money in the first few days of the unofficial start to the holiday gift-buying season, it&rsquo;s safe to wager (or is it?) that 2012 holds promise for our pockets.</p> <p>Right now, however, it&rsquo;s still 2011 &mdash; a year marred by tumultuous stock markets, a social movement fueled by economic inequality, and an unemployment rate that has remained above 9%.</p> <p>Yes, we could all use a vacation from reality this winter. But the reality is, a lot of us still can&rsquo;t afford it. If you&rsquo;re one of those folks who needs to get away but who can&rsquo;t find the funds to make it happen, don&rsquo;t sweat it. Stay home, save your money, and find something fun to do to help you relax &mdash; even if only for a few hours. Here are 14 ideas to jumpstart the planning. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-frugal-ways-to-reward-yourself-right-now">21 Frugal Ways to Reward Yourself Right Now</a>)</p> <h3>1. Visit the Local Ski Resort</h3> <p>Winter resorts can be costly if you plan to ski the snow-covered slopes, but that&rsquo;s not the only activity these destinations offer. I&rsquo;ve found snow tubing &mdash; available at many resorts these days &mdash; to not only be cheaper and safer than skiing, but also a lot more fun. There&rsquo;s no skill involved either, so virtually anyone can plop down on the rubber tube and slide down the slick hill until they can&rsquo;t laugh and smile any longer.</p> <h3>2. Plan a Spa Day</h3> <p>I&rsquo;m not talking about your high-end boutique here &mdash; although even those are offering steep discounts on signature services this time of year &mdash; but rather an excursion to one of those mammoth complexes that seem to be popping up in every major city lately. For about $40 for the day, you&rsquo;ll get access to the entire facility, which often includes private baths with steam rooms and saunas, whirlpools, and relaxation areas where you can nap, watch TV, or read. My husband and I try to locate one whenever we&rsquo;re on vacation, and we&rsquo;ve visited a local establishment in the dead of winter in the past. After just a couple hours, you&rsquo;ll feel refreshed and rejuvenated without feeling ripped off.</p> <h3>3. Check Out the Latest Museum Exhibits</h3> <p>Unless you have kids, chances are you haven&rsquo;t been to your local museums in quite some time. Do yourself a favor during your staycation and research online what&rsquo;s new in your area &ndash; and not just the art museums, either. I&rsquo;ve always found the science museums to be loads of fun, even as an adult. Of course, I don&rsquo;t have to tell you to also check to see which days have <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-visit-museums-for-free">free admission</a> before you plan your trip. No sense in paying for something you really don&rsquo;t have to.</p> <h3>4. Schedule a Movie Marathon with Friends</h3> <p>If I were planning a movie marathon with friends, I would probably screen the entire &ldquo;Harry Potter&rdquo; series since the final film was recently released on DVD &mdash; but that&rsquo;s just me. If this idea appeals to you, but you&rsquo;re not a fan of witchcraft and wizardry, here&rsquo;s another way to schedule a movie marathon &mdash; depending on how many friends you&rsquo;re inviting, suggest that each person choose their favorite movie to bring. This is a great way to ensure that there&rsquo;s at least one flick in the bunch that every one wants to see, and it&rsquo;s also a great way to find out something you might not have known about your friends before and enjoy a movie that you may never have heard of.</p> <h3>5. Start a New Craft Project</h3> <p>There are tons of craft projects that I think about doing throughout the year, but then I get too busy. Don&rsquo;t put yours off any longer. If you have a few hours to a few days to spare, choose an activity that gets your creative juices flowing. Maybe it&rsquo;s something simple like making a gift for an upcoming special occasion or perhaps it&rsquo;s a larger undertaking like painting a mural on a wall in your home. Whatever it is, don&rsquo;t let time prohibit you; set some aside to express yourself creatively.</p> <h3>6. Embark on a Food and Beverage Tour</h3> <p>This sounds expensive, but it doesn&rsquo;t have to be if you plan ahead. Identify a few restaurants you&rsquo;ve been dying to try and schedule an eating and drinking tour. I would recommend going during lunch hours, since many places have specials and the prices are generally lower midday anyway. If you&rsquo;re really thrifty, score deals on Restaurant.com or a daily deal site that will let you eat and drink for a fraction of the price &mdash; which is even better when split with friends.</p> <h3>7. Challenge Yourself With New Recipes</h3> <p>I love to cook, but most of my cookbooks collect dust on a shelf in my kitchen. When I&rsquo;m in a hurry &mdash; and that&rsquo;s often &mdash; I either wing it or look up a recipe online. This winter, do it the old-fashioned way. Crack open a book, browse the recipes, and choose something that takes a bit of time and effort.</p> <h3>8. Rearrange the House</h3> <p>Ring in the New Year with a new home &mdash; or at least one that looks like it. Move the couch to another wall; change up the position of your art; hang up new pieces and remove some of the old; and reposition rugs, lamps, and knick-knacks. You&rsquo;ll be surprised at how refreshed you&rsquo;re home will feel with a few simple changes.</p> <h3>9. Take a Trip to Nearby Wineries</h3> <p>Most people head to wineries during the spring, summer, and fall &mdash; which is why winter is the best time for you to take a trip. A thinner crowd means a more relaxed tasting. Pack a picnic &mdash; some grapes, cheese, maybe a Thermos of soup, and fresh bread &mdash; and plan an afternoon tasting the fruits of nature&rsquo;s labor.</p> <h3>10. Hit the After-Holiday Sales</h3> <p>Last year I was away in Miami on vacation, so I wasn&rsquo;t able to partake in my annual ritual of scouring Target for their post-holiday sales. Totally heartbreaking. I love going right after New Year&rsquo;s to score the 90% off deals on Christmas d├ęcor, wrapping paper, lights, and more. By the time it reaches 90% off, the lot is totally picked through, but beggars can&rsquo;t be choosy. I&rsquo;m always happy with my purchases, especially since I save a ton of cash.</p> <h3>11. Visit a New City by Bus</h3> <p>Bus fare is cheap these days. For instance, I travel from my home in New York City to visit family and friends in Baltimore for less than $40 round trip. That&rsquo;s a steal! You don&rsquo;t have to go far during your staycation (because that defeats the whole purpose), so pick a place less than two hours away from your home and take a day trip. Do your research before you get there so you can identify restaurants and shops that you don&rsquo;t want to miss. Don&rsquo;t forget to pack your computer, either. Many bus lines featured onboard Wi-Fi nowadays, so you can pop a DVD into your computer and cozy up the entire ride there and back.</p> <h3>12. Devour a Stack of Books</h3> <p>Whether you prefer books on tape, books on your tablet, or those paper things that line the shelves of the library, set aside a few hours &mdash; or even a whole day &mdash; to get whisked away in a story or two.&nbsp;</p> <h3>13. Invite Other Staycationers Over for a Sleepover</h3> <p>Who doesn&rsquo;t love a good sleepover? In the winter, we occasionally invite friends over for a night of movies, games, food, drinks, and other fun in our pajamas. We have a guest bedroom so we allow them to sleep there, but even a pullout is great to pile up on and talk the night away. We even invite over their dog, if they have one, so ours has company while the adults are kicking back.</p> <h3>14. Go Thrift Shopping</h3> <p>What&rsquo;s great about thrift shopping right after the holidays is that a lot of people have cleaned out their closets and donated their old clothes and accessories to make room for the new items they received as gifts. Make a run to the local <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/to-buy-or-not-to-buy-criteria-for-thrift-store-clothes-shopping">thrift or vintage shop</a> (and check to see what days offer discounts first) and browse the aisles for an hour or two to find the perfect pieces you never knew you wanted.</p> <p><em>Have other fun winter staycation ideas? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-fun-winter-staycation-ideas">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-fun-activities-to-get-your-grinch-into-the-holiday-spirit">4 Fun Activities to Get Your Grinch into the Holiday Spirit</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/47-cheap-fun-things-to-do-this-weekend">47 Cheap, Fun Things to Do This Weekend</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/39-tips-thatll-save-you-hundreds-on-your-next-trip-0">39 Tips That&#039;ll Save You Hundreds on Your Next Trip</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/volunteer-to-travel-11-opportunities-for-free-or-very-cheap-travel">Volunteer to Travel: 11 Opportunities for Free or Very Cheap Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-awesome-money-making-hobbies">10 Awesome Money-Making Hobbies</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment General Tips Travel staycations things to do trips winter activities Wed, 30 Nov 2011 11:36:44 +0000 Mikey Rox 804353 at http://www.wisebread.com 4 Fun Activities to Get Your Grinch into the Holiday Spirit http://www.wisebread.com/4-fun-activities-to-get-your-grinch-into-the-holiday-spirit <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/4-fun-activities-to-get-your-grinch-into-the-holiday-spirit" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/grinch_0.jpg" alt="Grinch yard display" title="Grinch yard display" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="240" height="180" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I love Christmas. And now that I live in New York City, I &quot;fa-la-la&quot; all the way to the big day.</p> <p>But even though I&rsquo;m soapin&rsquo; up to Mariah&rsquo;s holiday hits in the shower, there still hangs a coal-colored cloud of anti-cheer in my condo. It&rsquo;s called my husband.</p> <p>You probably have one, too. He grimaces at the thought of watching <em>Yes, Virgina</em>, he runs off to shoot hoops during your cookie exchange, and he forgets the coupon you gave him for 20 percent off that food processor on your wish list, which forces him to pay full price, drastically reducing the spending limit you set for each other, and ultimately leaving you without one extra present you could have had if he had just remembered the friggin&rsquo; coupon!</p> <p>Hypothetically speaking, of course.</p> <p>Yep, he&rsquo;s a Scrooge all right, but you love him despite his bah humbug-ness. The bright side is that even that fabled Dickensian curmudgeon ultimately had a change of heart.</p> <p>So how do you get your Grinch into the holly jolly spirit without slipping a sedative into his eggnog? Easy. Plan festive activities that he can wrap his head around &mdash; then cross your fingers for a modern-day miracle.</p> <h3>Add a Little to TV Specials at Home</h3> <p>You can&rsquo;t miss the annual airing of <em>A Charlie Brown Christmas</em>, but he couldn&rsquo;t care less. Especially if it coincides with just about anything on HGTV. But if you&rsquo;re like me, you want to reminisce with someone special about that grand time when the whole family would pile in front of the tube to catch Lucy, Linus, and the rest of the gang give good ol&rsquo; Chuck a well-intended hard time. Convince him to make your once-a-year showings appointment viewing by upping the ante, adult style. Light a few candles, slip into something enticing, and break out a bottle. Every time a character delivers a classic Peanutism, take a drink. At the end of the evening &mdash; if all goes according to plan &mdash; Santa may have to reconsider whether you&rsquo;ve been naughty or nice.</p> <h3>Walk into the Woods and Make a Man Out of Him</h3> <p>There are plenty of places to pick up a tree this time of year, and nothing&rsquo;s easier than snatching one up from the lot down the street. But that&rsquo;s over and done with in less than 10 minutes. Instead, make an afternoon out of finding the perfect fir by locating a farm that lets you choose the tree, chop it down, and haul it through a snow-covered field like a living Norman Rockwell painting. Once Hercules has safely strapped it to the roof, warm him up with hot cocoa that you&rsquo;ve hidden under the seat. On the way home, suggest a detour to his best friend's place to catch the game. Extra points if you packed his team jersey.</p> <h3>Look at the Lights (and Get a Little Lit Up Yourself)</h3> <p>Is there anything more aesthetically satisfying than a house so aglow with colorful bulbs that it can be seen from outer space? Add in a yard full of inflatable snowmen and hologram reindeer, and you&rsquo;ve got an unofficial invitation to drive by and gawk through fogged-up car windows. Convincing your husband to man the wheel as you cause a traffic jam is one thing; making him to do it for an hour when there&rsquo;s no real destination is another. Quell his fuss by asking if there&rsquo;s a neighborhood whose lights he enjoyed as a kid. There&rsquo;s a child inside all of us; he just needs a little encouragement to embrace his. Afterward, GPS the nearest winery, let him grab his favorite grape, and head home with promises of games on the PS3. Maybe you can even let him win one.</p> <h3>Take Him Shopping &mdash; To Places He Wants to Go</h3> <p>Most men hate shopping &mdash; until you drop them in a store that specializes in gizmos and gadgets. All bets are off at that point, and you better hope you paid off the credit card. Men are notoriously bad at verbalizing what gifts they want, too. Case in point: Your dad, who, year after year, tells you not to spend your hard-earned money on him but feigns excitement when he unwraps another tie instead of an HD camcorder. Nip that problem in the bud with your babe by planning an outing to an electronics store where he can test out the hottest new products and fill his pretty little head with tons of ideas of what he wants waiting under the tree. While you&rsquo;re there, surprise him with something small, like a new DVD or that mobile accessory he needs. Your thoughtfulness will be rewarded.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-fun-activities-to-get-your-grinch-into-the-holiday-spirit">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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