The first Monday after Twelfth Day is so called because it is
the end of the Christmas holidays, and the day when men return to their
plough or daily work. It was customary on this day for farm labourers
to draw a plough from door to door of the parish, and solicit
“plough-money” to spend in a frolic. The queen of the banquet was
called Bessy. (See Distaff.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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