12 Days Of Christmas Cost What?

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    12-days-of-christmasIf you get all 364 items repeated throughout ‘‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’’ carol, you’ll pay 6.1 percent more this year, according to the so-called Christmas Price Index that PNC Wealth Management updates annually.

    Six items mentioned in the song have not gone up in price: maids-a-milking, ladies dancing, lords-a-leaping, calling birds, turtle doves, and the partridge. The eight maids-a-milking still cost just $58 because the minimum wage hasn’t risen.

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    Twelve drummers drumming ($2,775.50) and 11 pipers piping ($2,562) might also be considered relative bargains compared to seven swans, which will set you back $7,000. Nine ladies dancing will cost you $6,294.03.

    Dunigan said the 2011 drought caused the prices of some birds to soar, partly because of corn and other feed costs.

    • ‘‘The geese were up 29.6 percent, and swans were up 11 percent,’’ Dunigan said, adding that none of the gifts in the song went down in price this year.
    • The price of a pear tree is $189.99, an 11.8 percent jump from last year’s $169.99. Five gold rings jumped 16.3 percent this year, to $750, and three French hens are now $165, instead of $150.
    • The $15 partridge is the cheapest item, and swans the most expensive, at $1,000 each.
    • The price of a pear tree is $189.99, an 11.8 percent jump from last year’s $169.99. Five gold rings jumped 16.3 percent this year, to $750, and three French hens are now $165, instead of $150.
    • The $15 partridge is the cheapest item, and swans the most expensive, at $1,000 each.

    Last-minute shoppers who turn to the Internet will pay a bit more for the gifts. Buying one set of the core items in each verse costs $24,431 in traditional stores this year, but $40,440 online.

    That comes to $107,300.

    Well get out your credit card and thank PNC Financial Services Group Inc for figuring it all out.

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