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The Tree is Near...

For many of us at 30 Rock, today is the unofficial start of the holiday season as the world-famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree has arrived. This area is always a big tourist spot here in midtown Manhattan, but for the next two months, it will take on a whole new appeal.This year's tree is 84 feet tall and 48 feet around. It comes from Joe and Judy Rivnyak's yard in Shelton, Connecticut (She

For many of us at 30 Rock, today is the unofficial start of the holiday season as the world-famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree has arrived. This area is always a big tourist spot here in midtown Manhattan, but for the next two months, it will take on a whole new appeal.

This year's tree is 84 feet tall and 48 feet around. It comes from Joe and Judy Rivnyak's yard in Shelton, Connecticut (Shelton's high school is a rival of mine, so I have mixed feelings about this). The lighting ceremony is planned for November 28, and this year, the tree will have 30,000 lights on five miles of wire.

I snapped a few photos at about 6 a.m. today with the tree still on the flatbed truck on 49th Street. To give you an idea of how enormous the tree is, the young woman pictured in one of the photos is TODAY production manager Erin Reynolds, who is 8-foot-4 (give or take three feet):