In season five’s Thanksgiving episode ‘Thank You’ we see Laurie returning home for the holiday and Kitty being very happy to see her. The jumping and hugging that Kitty and Laurie do when they see each other is really sweet,
But it might not be how you would expect the two of them greeting each other. It’s clear that Kitty loves Laurie and Laurie loves her mother but she’d closer with her father. So this hug could just be because they were excited and happy to see each other after such a long time and it’s when they’ve been together under the same roof that they sort of get on each others nerves.
However, thinking back to the last thanksgiving episode from season one we saw Laurie helping Kitty prepare some of the food the night before Thanksgiving. And another nice little Mother Daughter Bonding moment over peanut butter filled celery sticks. Granted this was Early Laurie, but still!
So maybe the excitement and happiness Laurie and Kitty shared when seeing each other for Thanksgiving wasn’t just because they hadn’t seen each other in a long time. Maybe Thanksgiving is a special holiday for Kitty and Laurie.
I could see maybe Thanksgiving being the few times a year where maybe Laurie helps Kitty out more in the kitchen making a few of the side dishes at least. It could have been a tradition that started when Laurie was little wanting to help out and maybe pinching the pie crusts in place then moving onto helping make other food with more involvement like helping prepare the stuffing as we see her doing in Thanksgiving.
As mentioned before cooking is important to Kitty, so I’m sure she would enjoy having Laurie in the kitchen with her during a holiday where a lot of time is spent in the kitchen, It might be one of the few times when Kitty and Laurie spend time together and get along while chatting and catching up.