I know this is terrible – but at the same time, it’s somehow very funny…
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.
|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%|
|Nine Ladies Dancing||$7552.84||$6,294.03||+20.0%|
|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)|
|“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.
The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally the official kick-off of the Christmas shopping season, “Black Friday”. The day after Thanksgiving is also “Buy Nothing Day”, an international day of protest against consumerism (More here at the Adbusters website).
Black Friday vs. Buy Nothing Day
So, which to chose?
BF: The new Miley CD for 2.99.
BND: Dad & Uncle Bill twerking ’round the Christmas tree.
BF: A big screen HD TV to create quality time family memories playing Call of Duty Ghosts in high def.
BND: A year of University.
VERDICT: Hmmm… that first year is kind of a write-off…
BF: A zero-dollar smart phone on an $80 a month plan.
BND: $80 x 24 mnths = $1,920 cash! Hmmm…
VERDICT: The phone has Candy Crush…
BF: iPad mini $199.
BND: iPad mini $299.
VERDICT: Okay… this one goes to BF.
BF: ‘Black Friday, Broke Saturday’.
BND: Homemade gifts and looks of dough-eyed disbelief from the kids.
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Michael Buble’s new Christmas special will feature Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige & Cookie Monster. The new special, called Michael Buble’s 3rd Annual Christmas Special (nice naming job), will air Wednesday December 18th.
I am looking forward to that one, but here are a few Christmas specials I’m not looking forward to…
#5. Gordon Lightfoot’s “The Wreck of The Edmondfitzmas”.
#4. “The Island of Mis-fitting Clothing”, a What Not To Wear Holiday Special.
#3. “I Want Another Dog For Christmas”, The Family Guy Christmas Special. Sorry Bryan. Too soon?
#2. “Ranting In My Winter Underwear” with Rob Ford.
#2a. The politically correct, non-denominational, generic, “CBC Winter Special”.
#1. Robin and Miley’s “Happy Twerkmas”!
The Christmas shopping season officially kicks off on Black Friday this coming Friday. To help out, here are Mike’s top five Christmas shopping tips…
#5. Don’t rush, Target is open til midnight on the 24th.
#4. If you’re not sure about sizes… get something that doesn’t come in different sizes, like snuggies and oven mitts.
#3. When buying electronics, forget the warranty. If something goes wrong with it you can sell it on eBay.
#2. Don’t worry about keeping receipts, I’m sure everything will be perfect.
#1. Gifts cards – easy to wrap.
Okay, here are some real Christmas shopping tips from Canadian Living Magazine.
Here are 6 expert tips for getting your holiday shopping done stress-free!
By Nicola Enright-Morin
1. Navigate the Net
The best thing about Internet shopping is there’s no traffic, fights for parking, grumpy sales assistants or other shoppers.
2. It’s all about the list
Before you wage war at the mall, it’s imperative to have a detailed shopping list. Prepare contingency gifts just in case.
3. Miss the mall mayhem
You’ll be amazed how much more shopping gets done when you’re the early bird — no lengthy lineups and store clerks fresh and eager to help.
4. Go solo
If you’re honestly going to get all your Christmas shopping accomplished in a day, it’s a quest you’ll have to brave alone. Kids can make the shortest shopping trip an epic journey, and going with a friend often means too much time spent in stores you don’t need.
5. Always be prepared
How often do you receive an unexpected gift from a neighbour, family member, or thoughtful colleague at work? To avoid a last-minute scramble, keep a stash.
6. Finally, remember that it’s only shopping! Take a deep breath, try to enjoy the experience and be thankful that Christmas only comes once a year.