Though pagans worshiped many trees in many different ways, the Christmas  tree is not an old survival of pagan ways. It is a modern invention that appeared among the Protestant, urban population in the 19th century. The first Christmas trees were hung from the ceiling and decorated with items bought from the market.

The idea that the Christmas Tree was a pagan tradition is found in the Two Babylons, an anti-Catholic book written by the Reverend Alexander Hislop. This book is available on-line.

http://ldolphin.org/PDFs/The_Two_Babylons-Alexander_Hislop.pdf

Very interesting! However, the theories about Nimrod presented in the book do not stand up in the modern day. See the wikipedia entry, The Two Babylons

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Two_Babylons

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-“Nimrod with Christmas tree.” Link to the famous artwork of “Nimrod” holding a Christmas tree. Only, that’s not Nimrod and that’s not a Christmas tree. It’s an unknown winged creature in a stone panel from the city of Nimrud.

https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/beta/u/0/asset/stone-panel-from-the-north-west-palace-of-ashurnasirpal-ii-room-b-no-30/WAGNf96DuqrUMA

-When was Nimrod’s birthday according to Google search? This is the most idiotic nonsense; you’ve heard of “fake news,” most everything on Google is “fake information.”She claimed a full-grown evergreen tree sprang overnight from a dead tree stump, which symbolized the springing forth unto new life of the dead Nimrod. On each  anniversary of his birth, she claimed, Nimrod would visit the evergreen tree and leave gifts upon it. December 25th, was the birthday of Nimrod.

-Fair enough page –  The Nimrod in the Bible has never been identified.

http://www.disciplestoday.org/bible-study/hot-topics/item-7183-q-is-there-historical-evidence-for-nimrod-the-great-ruler-in-genesis-10#.WDNeZrIrKa8

-My favorite theory of Nimrod, from Wikipedia.

“In 1920, J.D. Prince also suggested a possible link between the Lord (Ni) of Marad and Nimrod. He mentioned how Dr. Kraeling was now inclined to connect Nimrod historically with Lugal-Banda, a mythological king mentioned in Poebel, Historical Texts, 1914, whose seat was at the city Marad.[25] This is supported by Theodore Jacobson in 1989, writing on “Lugalbanda and Ninsuna”.[26]

-The Jewish information on Nimrod is very hostile to Nimrod. I would not take it seriously. Nimrod was a mighty hunter; I will go with the more beautiful and poetic theories of Nimrod as Orion.

-HAMLET’S MILL: An Essay on Myth and the Frame of Time, published by David R. Godine, Boston, 5th printing, 1999, is an interesting work with many myths of Orion and other ancient characters.

http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/hamlets_mill/hamletmill11.htm

http://starpundit.blogspot.com/2004/04/hamlets-mill-orion-cursa-and.html