How Much To Buy Everything In "The 12 Days Of Christmas" Song?

To buy all the gifts featured in the song, The 12 Days of Christmas — you would need to spend $27,393. Buying all the items repeated throughout the entire song would cost $114,651. This year there was an increase of 6.9%. – According to PNC Wealth Management’s annual Christmas Price Index.

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Item 2013 price 2012 price %Change
One Partridge in a Pear Tree $199.99 $204.99 -2.4%
Two Turtle Doves $125.00 $125.00 0.0%
Three French Hens $165.00 $165.00 0.0%
Four Calling Birds $599.96 $519.96 +15.4%
Five Golden Rings $750.00 $750.00 0.0%
Six Geese-a-Laying $210.00 $210.00 0.0%
Seven Swans-a-Swimming $7000.00 $7000.00 0.0%
Eight Maids-a-Milking $58.00 $58.00 0.0%
Nine Ladies Dancing $7552.84 $6,294.03 +20.0%
Ten Lords-a-Leaping $5,243.37 $4,766.70 +10.0%
Eleven Pipers Piping $2,635.20 $2,562.00 +2.9%
Twelve Drummers Drumming $2,854.50 $2,775.50 +2.9%
Total Christmas Price Index $27,393.17 $25,431.18
% Change 2013/2012 +7.7%
True Cost of Christmas (cumulative cost of all the gifts when you count each repetition in the song—364 gifts)
$114,651.18 $107,300.84 +6.9%
“Core” Index* (excluding swans) $20,393.17 $18,431.18 +10.6%

*Trumpeter swans are excluded from the Core Index because they have proven to be the most volatile part of The PNC Christmas Price Index®. Likewise, the federal government’s “core” Consumer Price Index (CPI) removes the most volatile items on their CPI, food and energy prices.


By: Mike Benny
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