Every year, the people at PNC Wealth Management calculate their "Christmas Price Index" . . . which looks at all of the items in the song "The 12 Days of Christmas" and figures out how much it would cost to buy all of them.
This year, if you wanted to buy everything from the song once, it would cost you $25,431.18. That's up 4.8% from last year.
But if you think about it, the song doesn't call for you to just buy everything once. Every day you're supposed to buy that day's gift, like five gold rings or eight maids-a-milking, AND all of the stuff from the previous days.
Like, on the third day, you don't just buy three French hens. You ALSO have to buy two more turtle doves and another partridge in a pear tree. To follow the song to the letter like that, it would cost you $107,300.24. That's up 6.1% from last year.
The biggest price jump this year is the six geese-a-laying. Six geese jumped 29.6%, from $162 in 2011 to $210 this year. Five gold rings had the next-largest jump. A pear tree had the third-biggest.
Here's the full breakdown . . .
--A partridge in a pear tree. The partridge is $15, the pear tree is $189.99.
--Two turtle doves. They cost $125, or $62.50 per dove.
--Three French hens. These are $165, or $55 per hen.
--Four calling birds. The price is the same as last year, $519.96, or $129.99 each.
--Five gold rings. These are now $750, or $150 per ring.
--Six geese-a-laying. These are $210, or $35 per goose.
--Seven swans-a-swimming. This is the most expensive item on the list, at $7,000, or $1,000 per swan.
--Eight maids-a-milking. They'll cost $58 . . . in other words, each one gets one hour of minimum wage, $7.25.
--Nine ladies dancing. Getting nine dancers costs $6,294.03, or just under $700 per person.
--Ten lords-a-leaping. That's $4,766.70, or $476.67 each. Although I bet if you shop around you can find 10 guys to jump around for cheaper.
--Eleven pipers piping. They cost $2,562, or $232.90 each.
--Twelve drummers drumming. They cost $2,775.50, or $231.30 each.