The cost of the 12 Days of Christmas
Find out how much it would cost to buy the items listed in this famous Christmas carol, courtesy of the Christmas Price Index.
Toby Melville - PA Archive
Each year, American wealth management company PNC tracks the cost of the items listed in the festive carol The 12 Days of Christmas. They use the figure they reach, which they've dubbed the 'Christmas Price Index' (or CPI), to track the state of the economy compared to the previous year.
This year, if you wanted to buy one of each of the items listed in the carol it would cost you £15,083.32 compared to last year's total of £13,140. That's a hefty increase of £1,943.32.
To buy all of the items as per the lines of the song (two turtle doves, three French hens, four calling birds, etc., repeated each time a new gift is added) would cost £62,301.39, an equally sizeable increase on the £53,455 it cost in 2009. PNC calls this figure "The True Cost of Christmas".
So which items have gone up in price over the past year and which have gone down? Are partridges and pear trees more expensive or is this year's increase all down to those five gold rings? Read on to find out.
Please note that this is a US index and dollar to pound conversion rate was correct at time of publication
Do the 8 maids a milking include the cows?
i would have thought 8 extra cows would make a substantial difference to the price
A milk maid earns ****ut £30 a day, yet a 'lord' (I assume judge) earns over £3000... a day? If that is the daily wage I don't understand why there aren't millions of people protesting to ge**** reduced. If it is a weekly wage, the information isn't being presented very clearly at all.
Edit: How freaking sensitive is this f**king thing.
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