You know the holiday season is fast approaching when the Capitol Christmas tree arrives on the West Lawn.

This year’s tree, a Lutz Spruce, reached its destination on Friday morning after a 4,000-mile trip from Alaska. At 74 feet tall and 7,500 pounds, the tree arrived on a flat-bed truck so big that it temporarily shut down traffic on First Street in Washington. It’s the first tree chosen from Alaska and the first to travel by sea, according to the Web site devoted to its journey, which started Oct. 27.

The tree lighting won’t take place until next month, and until then, caretakers will work to stabilize, decorate and prepare the tree for the celebration.

Here’s a look at the process so far, starting with the tree’s selection and ending with its delivery to the Capitol:

Bonus: Jimmy Fallon mentioned the tree in a recent Tonight Show bit. Watch below: