Adding Up the Cost

12 Dec Adding Up the Cost

The 12 Days of Christmas

Written by Matt Wegner
Founder and Lead Counselor, Matt Wegner Coaching,

So with Christmas coming up you may be wondering what to give your loved ones. You may even be considering some of the gifts in the song, “The 12 Days of Christmas.” But you might think twice if you knew the cost. Just for fun I did some digging and found what it would cost to buy all the items mentioned in the song:

Cost of the 12 Days Of Christmas for 2008.

Partridge, $20 (last year: $15)

Pear Tree, $200 (last year: $150)

Two Turtle Doves, $55 (last year: $40)

Three French Hens, $30 (last year: $45)

Four Calling Birds (canaries), $600 (last year: same)

Five Gold Rings, $350 (last year: $395)

Six Geese a-Laying, $240 (last year: $360)

Seven Swans a-Swimming, $5,600 (last year: $4,200)

Eight Maids a-Milking, $52 (last year: $47)

Nine Ladies Dancing (per performance), $4,759 (last year: same)

10 Lords a-Leaping (per performance), $4,414 (last year: $4,285)

11 Pipers Piping (per performance), $2,285 (last year: $2,213)

12 Drummers Drumming (per performance), $2,475 (last year: $2,398)

Total cost for the gifts in the song: a staggering $86,806!! That’s an awful lot to show your true love for someone. And that doesn’t include the U-Haul to get everything home.

Well, I guess most of us won’t be using that shopping list. If you’re looking for ways to save on gifts this year, read my December 2007 article on reducing the financial stress surrounding the holidays.


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