James and Mary Ford, eds. Every Day in the Year. 1902.
St. Distaffs Day
By Robert Herrick (15911674)
Called St. Distaffs Day because after the Christmas holidays ending on Twelfth Night the women proposed to resume their distaffs. The ploughmen would make it their sport to set fire to the flax in requital for which prank the maids would souse the men from the water pails.