By Josh Evans, OKC Barons on 12/09/2013

The Oklahoma City Barons players are getting into the Christmas spirit and are showing off their decorative side to raise funds for the Barons Buddies program with Special Olympics.

Earlier this month, each player was given a small Christmas tree. The instructions for them were simple: decorate the tree and make it unique to their tastes or experiences. Barons fans will be able to see their handiwork beginning at the game December 20 against the Texas Stars. The decorated trees will be on display on the upper concourse near The Edge Team Store where fans can make a donation for a chance to win a tree of their choice.

A total of 26 trees are slated to be decorated, with 13 available for bids at the game Friday, December 20 and 13 available for bids Saturday, December 21. All donations from the auction will benefit the Barons Buddies Program. The Barons Buddies Program allows a player to adopt a Special Olympics athlete for the season. The team has a series of outings planned with the athletes from Special Olympics and their families throughout the season.

That is one of many activities planned for the weekend slate of games on December 20 and 21.  Other activities on December 20 include $2 beer and $1 hot dogs from 6-8 p.m. and a postgame shoot for a FREE ham.  December 21 features the annual Teddy Bear Toss and a chance to win a new Honda CR-Z.

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