Interesting article on the "cost" of the "12 Days of Christmas" this year.
12 Days of Christmas’ Items Would Cost 100K
The price of partridges, pear trees and turtle doves has spiked, pushing the cost of every item mentioned in the carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas" above $100,000 for the first time. Holding mostly steady this year: maids-a-milking, ladies dancing, lords-a-leaping and gold rings. The 364 items repeated across all the song's verses would cost $101,119, an increase of 4.4 percent over last year, according to the annual Christmas Price Index compiled by PNC Wealth Management.
Those with the money to spend would end up with 12 drummers drumming, 22 pipers piping, 30 lords-a-leaping, 36 ladies dancing, 40 maids-a-milking, 42 swans-a-swimming, 42 geese-a-laying, 40 gold rings, 36 calling birds, 30 French hens, 22 turtle doves, and 12 partridges in pear trees. (The price does not include bird maintenance.) But buying just one set of each verse in the song will cost $24,263 this year -- a moderate 3.5 percent rise. "The story in general is wages are still a very sluggish part of this economy," said Dunigan, who noted that the price of eight maids-a-milking at minimum wage was $58 -- the same as in 2009. Five gold rings even declined a bit, Dunigan said, to $645, from $650 last year. <clear here> for the full article.
Which '12 Days of Christmas Gift' would you like to have or give?