A NOTE FROM THE PUBLISHER: Thankful and Grateful

By Kristen Wright-Matthews, Editor & Publisher, Macaroni Kid College Park * East Point * Morrow November 18, 2019

First of all, I want to apologize for being "missing in action" but sometimes life happens, and lately for my family, it's happened over and over again. Through it all, we remain thankful and grateful. I am especially grateful for all of you and the opportunity to serve as the publisher of Macaroni Kid in this great community. We had a great time this year, and I am looking forward to having more fun and planning more events next year. Speaking of, I cannot believe how quickly this year has flown by, and this month especially. It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is on two days. Seems like only yesterday all of the kids were getting dressed up for Halloween. 

The most wonderful time of year is coming, and also the busiest. Ready or not, here it comes. As for me, I am getting myself in gear and will be stepping my game up. I have a little bit of catching up to do on so many levels. This year my son is an ambassador for Giving Tuesday Kids and that has been a wonderful experience helping him to rally kids together to do service projects on Dec. 3. Take a look at this article posted on Macaroni Kid National to find out how your kids can get involved this year. The message is that no gift is too small and anyone can give. You can also check out our story produced by WSB on why we have made giving a part of our lifestyle and a foundation for raising our kids. In the new year, we will have lots of opportunities for kids and families to help our less fortunate neighbors.    

In terms of Macaroni Kid, next week, you can look forward to our Holiday Events Guide and our Holiday Gift Guide. Don't spend all of your money in one place on Black Friday because we have some great partners with awesome products to share with you. We will be releasing the gift guide on Cyber Monday so check the website. And if you have something you're interested in advertising, we have a few spots left. I'll remind you on social media. If you're not following us already, you should because we also have our 12 Days of Giveaways coming up mid-December, and we have some great items to give away just in time for the holidays. You can follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and like us on Facebook.   

Well, I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week and visit our Event Calendar for lots of other activities happening this weekend and in the coming weeks to keep you and the kiddos busy and having lots of fun! We're updating daily now because so many awesome things are happening so keep checking back. We also have some reviews we're working on like Stone Mountain Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and more. You can see our review of the new The Elf on the Shelf menu at IHOP on our website now. 

As always, if you know of an event or are hosting a kid-friendly event that's coming up soon be sure to add it here

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving! 

Kristen Wright Matthews

Editor & Publisher 

Below are a few that we have coming up in the next few weeks. Click the photos for more details.