How do you juggle gift overload?

Whether celebrating Hanukkah or Christmas or both, for many families gift-giving feels like it's gotten out of hand. We're interested in hearing from readers how their families manage.

Do you draw names? Buy only for the kids? Impose value limits? Or do you have other rules to reign in spending or take the commercialism out of the holidays?

Direct your replies by Nov. 27 to Meg McConahey at or 521-5204.

Please include your complete name and a daytime phone number.

School reopenings

Schools back in session next week
Santa Rosa City Schools reopening Oct. 27:
—Biella Elementary
—Brook Hill Elementary
—Burbank Elementary
—Hidden Valley Elementary
—Lehman Elementary
—Lincoln Elementary
—Maria Carrillo High School
—Monroe Elementary
—Piner High School
—Proctor Terrace Elementary
—Rincon Valley Middle School
—Santa Rosa Accelerated Charter School
—Steele Lane Elementary

Districts reopening schools Monday:
— Bellevue
— Bennett Valley
— Oak Grove
— Roseland (It’s temporarily moving its Roseland Collegiate Prep students to two of its elementary schools)
— Sonoma Valley (except Dunbar, which opens Oct. 24)

Districts reopening schools Tuesday
— Kenwood (tentative)
— Rincon Valley

Districts reopening schools Wednesday
— Geyserville (tentative)
SOURCES: Santa Rosa City Schools, Sonoma County Office of Education