You know every year I say the same thing, if you're going to have a lot of kids at your Thanksgiving dinner then have a project for them. I love the idea of the older kids or a designated adult helping the younger ones with an organized craft of some kind.
This year, I saw this cute fingerprint Christmas bulb wrapping paper and I knew I had found a winner. How cute, for each child to have signature wrapping paper...that is so Suri. The big kids can draw on the wires and put each child's name on their in cute lettering and then let the fun begin. I think I would go with brown paper, just cause it is easier to find and a little more affordable. This will allow you to give thanks for 1 hour of crafting peace and quiet.