The Cost of the 12 Days of Christmas
When you hear the song itself, it sticks with you for hours. And, of course, everyone loves singing as loudly as they can – “FIVE GOLDEN RINGS!” How can you not?
Today, I started taking a look at the cost of the 12 gifts given on the 12 Days of Christmas, or Christmas to the Epiphany, January 6th. There are a lot of websites out there and news items about the cost, but I found one of the more reputable sites that always tries to do something special each year with the cost of the items.
PNC released it’s price index earlier this year and if you haven’t yet seen their special website dedicated to the 12 Days of Christmas, check this page out! It’s a lot of fun, interactive for you and your kids and offers a lot of insight into the finances of the gifts.
According to PNC’s Price Index, the numbers were basically flat in 2011 compared to 2010. The total for all 12 gifts, $24,263.18. That’s up 3.5% from 2010. In 2010, PNC saw a 9,2% increase from 2009. The total last year was $23,439.38.
Here’s how the gifts price out –
1 Partridge in a Pear Tree: $184.99 (+14.2%)
2 Turtle Doves: $125.00 (+25%)
3 French Hens: $150.00 (flat)
4 Calling Birds: $519.96 (-13.3%)
5 Golden Rings: $645.00 (-.08%)
6 Geese-a-Laying: $162.00 (+8%)
7 Swans-a-Swimming: $6,300.00 (+12.5%)
8 Maids-a-Milking: $58.00 (flat)
9 Ladies Dancing: $6,294.03 (flat)
10 Lords-a-Leaping: $4,766.70 (flat)
11 Pipers Piping: $2,427.60 (+3%)
12 Drummers Drumming: $2,629.90 (+3%)
How did PNC get to these numbers? Forbes.com explains it here. And be sure to watch the YouTube video at the end for a great version of the song with The Muppets and John Denver; one of my favorite versions.