John Travolta shares a family Christmas photo with his children


John Travolta is celebrating the holidays with a fun family trip to a winter wonderland.

The two-time Oscar-nominated movie star took to Instagram in Christmas Day to share a festive message for fans, while spending time with his two children — daughter Ella Bleu, 23, and son Benjamin, 13.

The trio, dressed in winter gear, bundled up against the cold as they celebrated the holiday on some ski slopes and posed together for a radiant family photo.

“Merry Christmas everyone, we love you!” Travolta captioned the heartfelt snapshot.

Travolta shares his two children with his late wife, Kelly Preston, who died in 2020 after a battle with breast cancer at 57 years old.

The healthy Christmas post comes a month after the screening of his new Disney+ movie. The Shepherdwhere Travolta revealed a near-death experience that inspired his participation in the project.

In 1992, Travolta was flying on a corporate jet with his family on board when he experienced “a total electrical failure” during the flight from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Rockland, Maine, on Thanksgiving Day.

“I knew what it felt like to absolutely think you were going to die,” the 69-year-old actor recalled (via Variety) during the screening in London. “It had two good jet engines, but it had no instruments, no electricity, nothing. And I thought it was all over.”

According Washington Post, Preston was on board with his then-7-month-old son Jett, who died in 2009 after a seizure. They were headed to his vacation home on an island in Maine to celebrate Jett's first Thanksgiving.

Just when Travolta thought he was going to crash the Gulfstream II turbojet, he said a “miracle” occurred. “And then, as if by a miracle, we descended according to the rules to a lower altitude. I saw the Washington DC monument and identified that Washington National Airport was next to it and I landed.”

This near-death experience (he was 38 at the time) is what inspired Travolta to adapt Frederick Forsyth's 1975 novel, The Shepherd, in the Disney+ film of the same name. The book tells the story of a young Royal Air Force pilot who was flying home for Christmas. As in Travolta's harrowing story, the young pilot, Freddie Hooke (played by Ben Radcliffe), also suffers a complete electrical failure. Freddie's miracle? A pilot (played by Travolta), who appears out of nowhere and guides the young pilot to a safe landing.

“When I read (Forsyth's) book, it resonated even more because of this experience that I had personally had,” Travolta explained.

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