"The X in Xmas is a substitute cross for the Crucifix
- Mark E. Smith
From the song 'No Christmas For John Quays
' on The Fall
's first LP
, 1979's Live at the Witch Trials
, It also appears in a far longer form as the final track on the live LP Totale's Turns (It's Now Or Never)
The 'John Quays' of the song is a phoenetic substitute for heroin
junkies (pronounced juhn-keys - The two actually sound quite interchangeable
when Mark sings it), to which the song actually refers to.
seems to make a more convincing point than Smith...
When I was young
er (So much younger than today
) I always thought that the 'X' stood for 'cross', which was the logical progression from 'criss', (i.e. criss-cross, which is not too dissimilar from Christopher Cross
) thereby making the word sort of 'criss-mas' by proxy
, which is phonetically correct.