‘12 Days of Christmas’ Price Tag = $86,609

‘12 Days of Christmas’ Price Tag = $86,609

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‘12 Days of Christmas’ Price Tag = $86,609


Twelve Days of Christmas

According to the annual Christmas Price Index compiled by PNC Wealth Management, which compiles the cost of the dozen items mentioned in ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’ song, the price tag for said items now comes to $86,609. That’s a steep price to pay in these difficult economic times.

Sure, two turtle doves only cost $55 but ten lords a leaping comes in at a hefty $4,414, according to PNC. While the price of a partridge costs a mere $5 to $20, the pear tree will set you back as much as $200.

In light of these recessionary times, you might want to consider some tasty alternatives to the literal gifts from the song’s lyrics. We offer some suggestions.

A Partridge in a Pear Tree: $219.99

Alternative: How about a CD, A Partridge Family Christmas Card, taped to a gift box of Royal Riviera Pears from Harry and David?

Turtle Doves

Two Turtle Doves: $55.00

Alternative: A box of Dove chocolates wrapped in your choice of foil color with your own personal message inside.

French Hens

Three French Hens: $30.00

Alternative: 3 Tyson Cornish Game Hens. No plucking required!

Calling Birds

Four Calling Birds: $599

Alternative: 4 packages of Birds Eye frozen vegetables, along with another CD: The Byrds Greatest Hits.

Onion Rings

Five Golden Rings: $69.99

Alternative: Fix him/her dinner and include five onion rings, fried up golden and crispy.

Six Geese

Six Geese a Laying: $240

Alternative: Nobody really wants a flock of geese laying you know what all over the backyard. Instead, give your true love a box of Chocolate Goose Eggs from Hometown Favorites.

Seven Swans
Seven Swans a Swimming: $5,600.00

Alternative: A “Magnificant 7 Chocolate Cake from Schwan’s”: This luscious 7-pound cake can be purchased online.

Maids of Milking

Eight Maids a Milking: $52.40

Alternative: While the milking maids are a bargain, you can still save a bundle if you present your true love with 8 quarts of Minute Maid fruit juices.

Ladies Dancing

Nine Ladies Dancing: $4,759.19

Alternative: Whip up some chocolate Ladyfingers. Here’s a recipe.

Lords of Leaping

Ten Lords a Leaping: $4,413.61

Alternative: Perhaps a DVD: Lord of the Dance, enjoyed with a plate of delicious frog legs. Lots of leaping going on there.

Pipers Piping

Eleven Pipers Piping: $2,284.80

Alternative: Piping hot Hot Pockets purchased at Seven-Eleven? (OK, that one’s a reach.)

Drummers Drumming

Twelve Drummers Drumming: $2,475.00

Alternative: A lovely dinner of a dozen Buffalo Hot Wings from Tyson, drummies only.

We’re quite sure the total cost of this delicious dozen will come in WAY under 86 Grand. And here’s hoping you won’t have to hear the song too many times this holiday season.


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