Ever wondered how much it would cost to present a loved one with a gift from the items mentioned in one of the most popular holiday tunes, ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’?
Here’s the breakdown for 2011 (US$):
A Partridge in a Pear Tree: $184.99
Two Turtledoves: $125
Three French Hens: $150.96
Four Calling Birds: $519.00
Five Golden Rings: $645
Six Geese A’Laying, $162
Seven Swans A’Swimming: $6,300
Eight Maids A’Milking: $58
Nine Ladies Dancing – $6,294.03
10 Lords A’Leaping $4,766.70
11 Pipers Piping – $2,427.60
12 Drummers Drumming – $2,629.90
“These figures are maintained by the U.S. bank PNC Financial Services, which has been tracking the cost of the items in the popular Christmas carol since 1984. They compile both a "Christmas Price Index" and "The True Cost of Christmas." The "Christmas Price Index" is calculated by adding the cost of the items in the song. The "True Cost of Christmas," however, is calculated by following the exact instructions in the song (buying a partridge in a pear tree on each of the twelve days, buying two turtle doves from the second day onward, for a total of 22 turtle doves, etc.) for the complete set of 364 items.”
Below are the figures since the 80s.
Pretty amazing, huh? I guess those Lords A’Leaping are out of the question...
Pop into Wikipedia for more info.
Check out PNC’s Christmas Index site