It started as a little tree, barely the height of an eager toddler hyped up on holiday treats, more than 90 years ago.
Now, it's all grown up — 74 feet, to be exact — and has made it to the big leagues: Washington, D.C.
A Christmas tree in the capitol is nothing new. The tradition began in 1964, when then-House Speaker John McCormack, D-Mass., proposed planting a tree on the U.S. Capitol Grounds. The Forest Service took ownership of the project in 1970.