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It's time to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. I don't have any photo to convey such greetings in a proper way: no festive decorations from my neighbourhood, no Santa Claus and definitely no snow. In my part of the world it has been raining almost endlessly for the past several weeks. Does anyone happen to know if there is some kind of climate change going on?

But since I would personally appreciate a nice smile just as much as anything usually connected with Christmas, this photo will have to do.

I met these "friendly natives" in a somewhat slummy area near the beach of Cotonou in Benin, West Africa. It's a photo from almost 38 years ago that I recently scanned from the usual Kodachrome slide. Here is a larger version.

So from all of us to all of you: A Very Merry Christmas.

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