PITTSBURGH -- The price of partridges, pear trees and turtledoves has spiked, pushing the cost of all items mentioned in The Twelve Days of Christmas carol above $100,000 for the first time.
Holding mostly steady this year: maids-a-milking, ladies dancing, lords-a-leaping and gold rings.
The 364 items repeated across all the song's verses would cost $101,119, an increase of 4.4 percent over last year, according to the annual Christmas Price Index, compiled by PNC Wealth Management. The broader government Consumer Price Index increased by 3.9 percent over the same period.
Those with the money to spend would end up with 12 drummers drumming, 22 pipers piping, 30 lords-a-leaping, 36 ladies dancing, 40 maids-a-milking, 42 swans-a-swimming, 42 geese-a-laying, 40 gold rings, 36 calling birds, 30 French hens, 22 turtledoves and 12 partridges in pear trees. (The price does not include bird maintenance.)
Eleven pipers piping will set you back $2,427, but that's a relative bargain compared with seven swans-a-swimming, which cost $6,300, 12.5 percent more than 2010.
"The story in general is, wages are still a very sluggish part of this economy," said Jim Dunigan, managing executive of investment at PNC Wealth Management. The price of eight maids-a-milking at minimum wage was $58, the same as in 2009, he said.
PNC Financial Services Group compiles the list from jewelry stores, dance companies, pet stores and other sources.