The Cost of Celebrating the Tradition

I'm not sure why, but if someone wanted to go out and buy all the gifts mentioned in the popular Christmas song “The 12 Days of Christmas,” you’d be paying a little more than you would have for the same gifts last year.  The partridge, the pear tree, and the leaping lords took a bump in price, driving the cost up this year by $197.77.

 PNC Wealth Management follows what the items in this song would cost a Christmas shopper every year, and this is what they found for 2015:

The combination of the first day, featuring a Partridge, now $25 (up from $20 last year) and the Pear tree, now $189.99 (up from $187.68) so...

  • A partridge in a pear tree: $214.99 (up from $207.68)
  • Two turtle doves: $290 (up from $260)
  • Three french hens: $181.50 (same in 2014)
  • Four calling birds: $599.96 (same)
  • Five gold rings: $750.00 (same)
  • Six geese-a-laying $360 (same)
  • Seven swans-a-swimming $13,125 (same)
  • Eight maids-a-milking: $58 (same)
  • Nine ladies dancing: $7,552.84 (same)
  • Ten lords-a-leaping: $5,508.70 (up from $5,348.24 last year)
  • Eleven pipers piping: $2,635.20 (same)
  • Twelve drummers drumming: $2,854.80 (same)

The grand total?  $34,130.99, up from $33,933.22 in 2014. It would cost $155,407.18 to buy the presents every time they are repeated in the song (364 gifts). That’s up from $154,508.08 last year.