25 Love Stories 12/25
Jesse Katsopolis and Becky Donaldson (Full House)
As far back as I can remember Jesse Katsopolis and Rebecca “Becky” Donaldson were the first couple I ever shipped. Oh, but what was shipping back then? If you mean being moved to tears as a little kid every night after I finished my homework because of a little show called Full House then, yes, I shipped them hard. Jesse and Becky have always had a special place in my heart and I can’t even fully describe it. It was not only sweet to watch their relationship develop and root for them to the very end, but when they finally got together, the way they supported one another was everything. Much like a lot of the couples on this list, the simplicity is what made them so real — sometimes, magic can be found in the small moments that are spent with the soul mate, and with Jesse and Becky, the little moments always spoke the loudest. It’s the little moments that reminded viewers of how beautiful life is when you’re married to your best friend: you can tease each other and love each other, you can fight and make up, you can give and receive, and at the end of the day, the relationship is always selfless.
I can’t be the only one who always wished I’d marry a music man who’d serenade me at our wedding, but while their wedding was undoubtedly magical, what’s always stuck with me is the gift Jesse gave Becky in “A Very Tanner Christmas”.
The M in MGcircles, Marian Sarkisian once tweeted (best friends can quote each other, duh): “Christmas is that time of the year that has the ability to take us back to our childhood. It is where we can hold on to our innocence. It is there, where we can remain children forever.” And she’s right. While we go through a whirlwind of emotions and challenges throughout the year, there’s magic in the air during the holidays that makes things easier. Traditions we’ve kept since we were children keep our hearts grounded — they bring unparalleled bliss to us. Whether it’s watching old cartoons/movies curled up in a blanket with some tea or decorating the house with family members, we all have that one thing that keeps us excited all year round.
Linda Ingalls Wider also states that: “Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.” When we get older, we learn that the holidays aren’t about the gifts under the tree, but they’re about the time we spend with loved ones feeling just as safe and adored as we did when we were children. There’s a warmth in the air on this precious day and it’s indescribable. For Becky, Christmas is unimaginable without snow. Unfortunately, we Californians don’t actually know what a white Christmas looks like, but I imagine if we did, we’d want to hold onto it, too. Looking out the window and seeing snow is one of the ways Becky can feel like a child again. It’s one of the ways she can feel the spark of magic during the holidays. And the fact that Jesse understood just how much it meant to her never fails to evoke tears.
Jesse’s choice to fill their backyard with snow just to give her the magical Christmas she deserves is how a husband should be. When it comes to giving gifts, it’s never about the cost, but rather knowing the person well enough to give them something they’ll treasure. Jesse not only gave her a white Christmas, but he gave her a memory she’d hold onto forever. Even if she doesn’t have a white Christmas, she’ll remember that her husband loves her enough to try to give it to her. She’ll hold onto the memory and cherish it while she embraces new traditions.
Love is all about making your soul mate’s dreams come true — it’s about taking on the world together and even in the midst of adversaries, fighting together. Love is selfless. And another moment worth mentioning is the fact that Becky chose to move back to the Tanner’s house because she knew just how attached Jesse was to the kids. She knew he wasn’t ready to move out and while every newlywed couple wants their privacy, she chose to put it aside because his happiness is what matters. It’s so cheesy, but it’s at the same time, it’s the most beautiful thing in the world: love’s about making someone else happy. At the end of the day, your partners happiness is what means the world to you.
Jesse and Becky were always so much fun to watch, and frankly, they’re a bit difficult to write about because they’re so special to me. However, there’s no way anyone can ever shut me up about that Christmas episode — I not only watch it every year around the holidays, but I cry like a baby every single time. Also, I feel very bizarre not calling them Aunt Becky and Uncle Jesse, almost as if they’re my fictional ones too. (Lol!)