Every year, the economic analysts at PNC Wealth Management put together this study of how much it would cost to buy all the stuff from "The 12 Days of Christmas". You know, calling birds, gold rings, partridge in a pear tree, that stuff.
--And this year, for the first time ever, it would cost you over $100,000 to do what the song says. And the song says you don't give each gift just once.
--That means you give each gift multiple times . . . like, on the 12th day, you're giving your 12th partridge in a pear tree, your 11th set of two turtle doves, and so on. Doing that will run you $101,119.84, up 4.4% from last year.
--If you just want to buy all the gifts once . . . which seems far more reasonable, like, do you really need to give three French hens 10 times? . . . it will cost $24,263.18, up 3.5% from last year.
--The biggest price jumps are the partridge, up 25% from $12 to $15, and the turtle doves, up 25% from $100 to $125.
--The most expensive item are the seven swans-a-swimming. They're up 12.5%, from $5,600 last year to $6,300 this year . . . or 900 bucks per swan. And that's without even figuring out swimming accommodations for them.
--The only item which fell significantly in price from last year are the calling birds . . . down 13.3%, from $599.96 to $519.96.
--Here's the full breakdown of the 12 days of Christmas costs . . .
#1.) Partridge, $15, in a pear tree, $169.99 . . . total cost $184.99.
#2.) Two turtle doves, $125.
#3.) Three French hens, $150.
#4.) Four calling birds, $519.96.
#5.) Five gold rings, $645.
#6.) Six geese-a-laying, $162.
#7.) Seven swans-a-swimming, $6,300.
#8.) Eight maids-a-milking, $58 . . . which is $7.25-an-hour minimum wage.
#9.) Nine ladies dancing, $6,294.03 . . . which is almost $700-per-lady, and should buy you the types of dances that aren't really meant for a family-friendly Christmas.
#10.) Ten lords-a-leaping, $4,766.70.
#11.) Eleven pipers piping, $2,427.60.
#12.) Twelve drummers drumming, $2,629.90.