(Strip Number 207, Original Publication Date, 31 December 1981)
Panel 1: As we rejoin our story, we find the Pattersons (including Mike now that he's been judged to be old enough to stay up till midnight on a special occasion like this) watching the countdown; as the ball drops, they chant "Three, two, one" and cheer the arrival of the new year.
Panel 2: Carrie hugs Mike and tells him it's another year; since she's wishing him a Happy 1982, it should be interesting to see what Lynn new-and-improves it to. Knowing her, they'll be ringing in 11982 or something.
(ETA: It's a rather awkwardly written "NEW YEAR"; way to keep things timeless.)
Panel 3: As Elly ushers him back to his room, Mike, who's no longer smiling asks if that's it; Elly says that yes, that's it, sweetie and to go to bed.
Panel 4: The look on his face when he asks "What?? No presents??" is sort of alarming.
Summary: That's because it betrays a lack of awareness on his creator's part; we know that we're dealing with a small child who is just now learning that special occasions don't automatically mean that he gets a gift. Lynn thinks that she's dealing with a greedy little jerk with a case of what she calls the gimmes.