Cost Of Gifts for 12 Days Of Christmas
That is to say, if you actually went out and bought a pear tree, a partridge, 2 French hens, etc. How much do you think it would actually cost?
Each year a number of economists attempt to estimate the cost for all the gifts mentioned in the song.
The results by PNC Advisors who have been doing this study for 22 years, are as follows.
The Cost of the 12 Days Of Christmas (possibly larger):
* One Partridge in a Pear Tree: $144.99 ($15.00 Partridge, $129.99 Pear Tree)
* Two Turtle Doves: $40.00 ($20.00 each)
* Three French Hens: $45.00 ($15.00 each)
* Four Calling Birds: $479.96 ($119.99 each)
* Five Gold Rings: $325.00 ($65.00 each)
* Six Geese-a-Laying: $300.00 ($50.00 each)
* Seven Swans-a-Swimming: $4,200.00 ($600.00 each)
* Eight Maids-a-Milking: $41.20 ($5.15 each)
* Nine Ladies Dancing: $4,759.19 ($528.80 each)
* Ten Lords-a-Leaping: $4,160.25 ($416.02 each)
* Eleven Pipers Piping: $2,124.00 ($186.66 each)
* Twelve Drummers Drumming: $2,224.30 ($193.09 each)
The grand total of the song for 2006 - $18,920.59 And that's in U.S.dollars!
Yikes! How about a new car, hubby. It'd be a lot cheaper!
Want to make some of your own decorations? Try these suggestions:
Like angels? Snowmen? Gingerbread men?
Buy several soft figures of your choice.
Buy rope (white for angels and snowmen, brown for gingerbread men)
Glue or tie figures onto rope at intervals.
Christmas! The very word brings joy to our hearts. No matter how we may dread the rush, the long Christmas lists for gifts and cards to be bought and given--when Christmas Day comes there is still the same warm feeling we had as children, the same warmth that enfolds our hearts and our homes.
~ Joan Winmill Brown, American author and editor.