Nov 28 2011

The cost of the 12 Days of Christmas

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?



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11/28/2011 6:05:36 AM
Tiffany United States
They have an awful lot of birds as gifts for the 12 days of Christmas, lol....I don't need any birds so I think I'll go with the 5 golden rings.  I don't need that many rings, but I can regift!!
11/29/2011 9:19:16 AM
Petra Bangladesh
This thread has great information on shopping.  A friend of mine told me about this cool app that allows you to get instant feedback from your Facebook friends on whether you should buy something or not (for themselves or as a gift).  Here's the link - I think the app is coming out around Black Friday but you can sign up now:
12/1/2011 3:35:05 AM
Margaret Barbour United States
Margaret Barbour
I think I'd have to go with the gold rings because of the twelve items listed, those were the most "low maintenance" gift.
12/1/2011 7:57:39 AM
Gennifer United States
um none really.  I do love what the song means and reminds us.

1. The partridge in a pear tree is Jesus.
2. The two turtledoves are the Old and New Testaments.
3. Three French hens stand for faith, hope and love.
4. The four calling birds are the four Gospels.
5. The five gold rings recall the Hebrew Torah (Law), or the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Old Testament.
6. The six geese a-laying stand for the six days of creation.
7. The seven swans a-swimming represent the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.
8. The eight maids a-milking are the eight Beatitudes.
9. Nine ladies dancing are the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit.
10. The ten lords a-leaping are the Ten Commandments.
11. Eleven pipers piping represent the eleven faithful Apostles.
12. Twelve drummers drumming symbolize the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostles Creed or could be the 12 tribes of Israel
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