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The Phillies are very good at doing Christmas

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The Phils went all out to kick off the Christmas season in style at Citizens Bank Park.

The Philadelphia Phillies aren’t the first thing that pops into your head when Christmas time rolls around. Not unless they swing a major trade just after the Winter Meetings or something. But it’s becoming clear this team knows how to do the holidays right.

On Saturday, the team hosted its Holiday Extravaganza, with former manager Charlie Manuel in the house, as well as Phanta Claus.

That’s right. Phanta Claus.

And while it didn’t have quite the pomp, circumstance, or traffic nightmares associated with the White House National Tree lighting ceremony, the Phils’ tree looks pretty sweet, too.

The team opened the clubhouse to the public, decked out for the season...

And put out a starting lineup for the event, which was strong...

I don’t know, I think I’d move Cupid up in the lineup a bit... he’s got surprising pop.

And yeah, there were LIVE reindeer on hand...

And it’s pretty clear the kids loved it.

All in all, it was a pretty terrific event by the Phillies, who tend to do these things really well every time.