".......Now the great god, cut off in the midst of his power and glory, was symbolised as a huge tree, stripped of all its branches, and cut down almost to the ground. But the great serpent, the symbol of the life restoring Aesculapius, twists itself around the dead stock (see figure 27), and lo, at its side up sprouts a young tree--a tree of an entirely different kind, that is destined never to be cut down by hostile power--even the palm-tree, the well-known symbol of victory. The Christmas-tree, as has been stated, was generally at Rome a different tree, even the fir; but the very same idea as was implied in the palm-tree was implied in the Christmas-fir; for that covertly symbolised the new-born God as Baal-berith, * "Lord of the Covenant," and thus shadowed forth the perpetuity and everlasting nature of his power, not that after having fallen before his enemies, he had risen triumphant over them all.
* Baal-bereth, which differs only in one letter from Baal-berith, "Lord of the Covenant," signifies "Lord of the fir-tree."......."
[from The Two Babylons by Alexander Hislop]
Above image - from the Hislop's book, chapter: CHRISTMAS AND LADY DAY; "But the great serpent, the symbol of the life restoring Aesculapius, twists itself around the dead stock (see figure 27), and lo, at its side up sprouts a young tree--a tree of an entirely different kind, that is destined never to be cut down by hostile power--even the palm-tree, the well-known symbol of victory."
Above image - Christmas 2013 at saint Peter's square with fir-tree: "A band begins to play at the crib scene as it is unveiled next to a Christmas tree in St Peter's Square at the Vatican" - URL: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2529051/Open-hearts-fellow-man-Pope-Francis-addresses-thousands-St-Peters-Basilica-Christmas-Eve-Mass-leader-Catholic-Church.html
"......For these and many other reasons, I pulled my own book, Babylon Mystery Religion, out of print despite its popularity.......(............)..... I could not in good conscience continue to publish a book against pagan mixture knowing that it contained a mixture itself of misinformation about Babylonian origins.........".
"....For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double
How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow......." [the Revelation of saint John the Divine, 18:5-6-7 KJV]