Archive for St. Distaff Day

Happy St. Distaff Day!

St. Distaff Day

It’s time to get spinning! Since January 7th is the first day after the twelve days of Christmas, it is known as St. Distaff Day or Rock Day. In Medieval times, this was the day when women returned to household chores including spinning. A distaff is a tool used to hold flax or wool while spinning. Happy Spinning!

St. Distaff’s Day; Or, the Morrow after Twelfth-day

Partly work and partly play
You must on St. Distaffs Day:
From the plough soon free your team;
Then cane home and fother them:
If the maids a-spinning go,
Burn the flax and fire the tow.
Bring in pails of water then,
Let the maids bewash the men.
Give St. Distaff’ all the right:
Then bid Christmas sport good night,
And next morrow every one
To his own vocation.’

Robert Herrick

Advertisements

Leave a comment »