The Cost of The Twelve Days of Christmas 2017


For more than 30 years, PNC has calculated the prices of the twelve gifts from the classic carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas”, the result is the PNC Christmas Price Index. – PNC

According to the 2017 PNC Index, the Cost of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” has gone up slightly from last year.

… driven by the cost increases for the Pear Tree, the increased demand for Golden Rings and wage increases for the Lords-a-Leaping. – PNC

Here’s the item by item list…

A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE
$219.95
(+4.7%)

TWO TURTLE DOVES
$375.00

THREE FRENCH HENS
$181.50

FOUR CALLING BIRDS
$599.96

FIVE GOLD RINGS
$825.00
(+10%)

SIX GEESE-A-LAYING
$360.00

SEVEN SWANS-A-SWIMMING
$13,125.00

EIGHT MAIDS-A-MILKING
$58.00

NINE LADIES DANCING
$7,552.84

TEN LORDS-A-LEAPING
$5,618.90
(+2%)

ELEVEN PIPERS PIPING
$2,708.40

TWELVE DRUMMERS DRUMMING
$2,934.10

Total cost for all items on the list:
$34,558.65 (compared to 2016: $34,363.49)


Note: The cumulative cost of all the gifts when you count each repetition in the song (364 gifts) = $157,558.00 (+0.7%).


“The Twelve Days of Christmas” is an English Christmas carol that enumerates in the manner of a cumulative song a series of increasingly grand gifts given on each of the twelve days of Christmas (the twelve days that comprise the Christmas season starting with Christmas Day). The song, published in England in 1780 without music as a chant or rhyme, is thought to be French in origin. – Wikipedia


  • Here’s the 2016 list!
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