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January 7: St. Distaff's Day. A medieval European celebration of transitioning back to normal work routines, primarily focusing on spinning. "Partly work and partly play/ You must on St. Distaff's Day." (Links to a thorough history of this holiday, which has been revived by modern crafters.)

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An 82 cm long wand of iron with bronze details and a unique model of a house on the top. It was discovered in a Völva's grave in Köpingsvik, Öland. There is also a pitcher from Persia or Central Asia, and a West European bronze bowl. Dressed in a bear pelt, she had received a ship burial with both human and animal sacrifice.

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January 7, used to be known as Distaff Day, or in England St. Distaff's Day (there was no St. Distaff though - the name was, for them, a joke). The distaff was a tool used in the spinning of flax or wool fibers; these are first wrapped around the distaff to keep them untangled before heading for the spinning wheel. The term distaff eventually came to be used in reference to the female side of a family "the distaff side".

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van Seven Trees Farm

St. Distaff’s Day means work and play

A Romanian woman spinning yarn with a distaff.

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Saint Gertrude, 7th century Frankish religious. She is painted using a spindle and freestanding distaff.

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Distaff Day is traditionally celebrated on January 7th. Sometimes it is known as St. Distaff’s Day. It is the day after Epiphany – January 6th. This day signals the official end to the 12 days of Christmas.In the picture - Flax Dressed Very Loosely on a Distaff

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