I bet at least one person today asked you, "So, what did you get for Christmas?" We live in a society where "things" are valued sometimes more than personal relationships. New phones, larger flat screen TVs, designer clothes...all of these commodities are in high demands so that we can fill our spaces with the best of the best--possessions that people will admire you for having.
The funny thing is that when you really look at what you want in life-- what will be the thing you are most proud of when you are an old lady/man, it probably has nothing to do with material possessions. It most likely will be the relationships you've built, the children you've raised, and the laughter that has filled your life.
So next time you convince yourself that you really need the 4g iphone, or the newest, latest whatever--ask yourself, "Will this help me get to what I really want out of life, or is it just a distraction?" Chances are we can all do without so much stuff.