Every year a study comes out that shows how much it would cost you to buy all the stuff from "The 12 Days of Christmas" . . . it's supposed to be a reflection of how much prices have gone up in a year. So I guess it's good news that this year, it's just a TINY bump from last year.
If you wanted to buy everything from the song this year, it would run you $27,673. Last year, it would've cost $27,393. That's only a $280 bump, or about a 1% increase. The jump from 2012 to 2013 was 7.7%, which is clearly MUCH bigger.
But . . . the $27,673 is only if you want to buy everything from the song ONCE. Technically, the song says you have to re-buy everything from all the previous days.
Like, on day three, you'd give three French hens . . . but also two more turtle doves and another partridge in a pear tree. If you do it that way, it'll cost you $116,273 . . . up 1.4% from last year.
The biggest cost increase this year is the six geese-a-laying. Last year, the geese cost $35 each . . . they jumped 71.4% this year to $60 each. The three French hens had the next biggest jump . . . they went up 10% from $55 each to $60.50 each.
Here's the item-by-item breakdown for 2014 . . .
>A partridge in a pear tree, $207.68 . . . up 3.8% from last year.
>Two turtle doves, $125 . . . same price.
>Three French hens, $181.50 . . . up 10%.
>Four calling birds, $599.96 . . . same price.
>Five golden rings, $750 . . . same price.
>Six geese-a-laying, $360 . . . up 71.4%.
>Seven swans-a-swimming, $7,000 . . . same price.
>Eight maids-a-milking, $58 . . . same price.
>Nine ladies dancing, $7,552.84 . . . same price.
>Ten lords-a-leaping, $5,348.24 . . . up 2%.
>Eleven pipers piping, $2,635.20 . . . same price.
>Twelve drummers drumming, $2,854.80 . . . same price.
(PNC Christmas Price Index)