It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Texas State Capitol.

Tuesday, crews hand carried a 26-foot tall tree from Marshall Cathey's farm in North Texas through the Capitol and into the Texas House of Representatives chambers.

They wrapped the tree in a tarp and put blankets along parts of the wall to prevent damage to the Capitol.

Crews will put lights on the tree this week.

On Friday, members of the Texas House of Representatives and their spouses will decorate the tree with ornaments representing each district in the state.

It's part of the District Ornament Project, which Julie Straus, the wife of Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, started in 2009.

Tuesday was also the the first time the House chamber has been open to the public after months of renovations.

Since April, workers installed new carpet, gave the walls a fresh coat of paint, and retooled the voting system.

The Senate also put up their tree Tuesday morning, and plan to decorate this week.