Say so-long to present envy
Keep your gifts in perspective
You’re not a terrible person for wanting cool things. Anticipating gifts is fun, but thinking and talking about them non-stop is way over the top. Ask yourself this: If you were trapped in a room with a friend who was talking about gifts as much as you are, would you want to dive head-first out the window? Bad sign.
Remember: Things don’t make ya happy forever
Accept that things won’t always be “fair.” Your parents, like all parents, have their limits. It’s up to you to respect these limits—even if you don’t like them. No matter what your family’s resources, there will always be people who will get bigger, better and more plentiful gifts. So if you’re going to go around comparing yourself to everyone who has more, you’re bound for sheer misery. It’s best to come to terms with what you don’t have, and start relishing what you do have.
You already have the best gift of all
Appreciate all the terrific people and experiences you can. Spend time with your grandparents and listen to stories about holidays past. Enjoy malling with your best friends. Doing volunteer work will boost your spirits and remind you how truly blessed you are.