Monday, November 28, 2011

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Ever wonder how much it would cost to purchase all the gifts in the classic Holiday song The Twelve Days of Christmas? Well, last year we passed on the tabulation from the folks over at PNC Wealth Management who calculate the PNC Christmas Price Index. So we pass it on again this year, which is the 28th time they have done this index that totals the cost of items gifted by a True Love who repeats all of the song's verses.

For the 2011 Holiday season your True Love will have to shell out $101,119.84 for all 364 gifts, a 4.4 percent increase compared to last year. It is comforting to know that the cost of Three French Hens, Eight Maids-a-Milking, Nine Ladies Dancing and 10 Lords-a-Leaping are the same as last year. However, the price of Seven Swans-a-Swimming rose by 12.5 percent to $6,300, and while the Partridge is still affordable at $15, its home, the Pear Tree, increased 13.3 percent to $169.99.

For those True Loves who prefer the convenience of shopping online, the cost of The Twelve Days of Christmas gifts purchased on the internet is $174,382.93! Internet prices are higher than their in-store counterparts because of premium shipping costs for birds and the convenience factor of shopping online, according to PNC.
Well, the twelve days of Christmas are almost upon us. Vintages can assure you that a True Love can get by on much less in our shop ... and get much more relevant and wonderful gifts as well.

On the twelfth day of Christmas,
My true love sent to me ...
Twelve drummers drumming,
Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtledoves,
And a partridge in a pear tree! 

• For those who want to see the numbers, here’s the breakdown of the cost for each gift.
  • Partridge in a Pear Tree – $184.99 (up 14.2%)
  • Two Turtle Doves - $125.00 (up 25%)
  • Three French Hens - $150.00 (no change)
  • Four Calling Birds - $519.96 (down 13.3%)
  • Five Golden Rings - $645.00 (up 0.8%)
  • Six Geese-a-Laying - $162.00 (Up 8%)
  • Seven Swans-a-Swimming - $6,300.00 (Up 12.5%)
  • Eight Maids-a-Milking - $58.00 (no change)
  • Nine Ladies Dancing - $6,294.03 (no change)
  • Ten Lords-a-Leaping - $4,766.70 (no change)
  • Eleven Pipers Piping - $2,427.60 (up 3%)
  • Twelve Drummers Drumming - $2,629.90 (up 3%)

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