Thursday, December 8, 2011
According to PNC Wealth Management’s 28th annual index, the cost of the items in the song “The 12 Days of Christmas” is $101,119.84. This is a 4.4% increase from last year and the first time the cost of the items has topped $100,000. Some of the items increased in cost this year, but the three French Hens, eight maids-a-milking, nine ladies dancing, and ten lords-a-leaping all cost the same this year as they did last year. A list of the items, their cost, and their price increase or decrease from last year is below:
- Partridge in a pear tree: $185 (+14%)
- Two Turtle Doves: $125 (+13%)
- Three French Hens: $150 (unchanged)
- Four Calling Birds: $600 (-13%)
- Five Golden Rings: $650 (-1%)
- Six Geese-a-Laying: $162 (+8%)
- Seven Swans-a-Swimming: $6,300 (+12.5%)
- Eight Maids-a-Milking: $58 (unchanged)
- Nine Ladies Dancing: $6,294 (unchanged)
- Ten Lords-a-Leaping: $4,767 (unchanged)
- Eleven Pipers Piping: $2,428 (+3%)
- Twelve Drummers Drumming: $2,630 (+3%)
See Quentin Fottrell, The ’12 Days of Xmas,’ Itemized, Family Money, Dec. 2, 2011.
Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (WealthCounsel) for bringing this article to my attention.