Since 1984 the PNC Bank (Gingerbread Branch) has been calculating the cost of all of the items in the song The Twelve Days of Christmas. Thanks to the rising cost of partridges, pear trees, turtle doves and lords-a-leapin’, the cost of Christmas has gone up about .6%.
The PNC Christmas Price Index® shows the current cost of one set of each of the gifts given in the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” [LINK]
Here are the details…
ONE PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE
The Partridge was in high demand this year, leading to a higher price. The Pear Tree’s price also went up, due to a modest cost-of-living increase.
TWO TURTLE DOVES
Seems people couldn’t get enough Turtle Doves this year; prices increased as supply couldn’t keep up with demand.
THREE FRENCH HENS
It’s been a quiet year for the French Hens. They didn’t see any change in price due to steady supply and demand compared to 2014.
FOUR CALLING BIRDS
For the Calling Birds, it was business as usual in 2015. Their price was unchanged, selling right at market value. No discount needed.
FIVE GOLD RINGS
The price of gold dropped this year, but Gold Rings stayed the same, thanks to steady demand for classic gold wedding bands.
After a wild jump in price in 2014, the Geese-a-Laying cooled off this year, with prices staying unchanged at $360.
Swans aren’t cheap, but hey, at least they aren’t getting more expensive. Despite inflation, the Swans didn’t increase in price from last year.
This year the Maids remained steady at $58. No surprise, since their price is based on federal minimum wage, which hasn’t changed since 2009.
NINE LADIES DANCING
The price of the PHILADANCO! dancers didn’t change this year. They’ve updated their moves, but not their price, due to waning demand.
The Lords-a-Leaping who call the Pennsylvania Ballet home have good reason to leap. Their price increased by 3% due to rising salaries.
ELEVEN PIPERS PIPING
It’s been a quiet year for the Pipers. Weakening demand meant no change in price for their music, which held steady at $2,635.20.
TWELVE DRUMMERS DRUMMING
The Drummers marched to the same beat as last year. Uncertainty about future demand for their skills kept their price unchanged at $2,854.80.
TOTAL CHRISTMAS PRICE INDEX