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Published December 24 2011

Annie's Mailbox: Time to price out ‘Twelve Days’

Dear Readers: A Merry Christmas to one and all. Here’s an interesting take on the following well-known song, figures courtesy of the PNC Christmas Price Index: “The Twelve Days of Christmas”

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a partridge in a pear tree (cost: $184.99, an increase of 14.2 percent from last year).

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me, two turtle doves ($125, an increase of 25 percent), and a partridge in a pear tree (another $184.99).

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me, three French hens ($150, no increase), two turtle doves ($125), and a partridge in a pear tree ($184.99).

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, four calling birds ($519.96, those actually decreased 13.3 percent), three French hens ($150), two turtle doves ($125), and a partridge in a pear tree ($184.99).

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, five gold rings ($645, believe it or not, a decrease of 0.8 percent), four calling birds ($519.96), three French hens ($150), two turtle doves ($125), and a partridge in a pear tree ($184.99).

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, six geese-a-laying ($162, an increase of 8 percent), five gold rings ($645), four calling birds ($519.96), three French hens ($150), two turtle doves ($125), and a partridge in a pear tree ($184.99),

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me, seven swans-a-swimming ($6,300, expensive to begin with, they went up 12.5 percent), six geese-a-laying ($162), five gold rings ($645), four calling birds ($519.96), three French hens ($150), two turtle doves ($125), and a partridge in a pear tree ($184.99).

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, eight maids-a-milking ($58, still at minimum wage), seven swans-a-swimming ($6,300), six geese-a-laying ($162), five gold rings ($645), four calling birds ($519.96), three French hens ($150), two turtle doves ($125), and a partridge in a pear tree ($184.99).

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, nine ladies dancing ($6,294.03, no increase in salary), eight maids-a-milking ($58), seven swans-a-swimming ($6,300), six geese-a-laying ($162), five gold rings ($645), four calling birds ($519.96), three French hens ($150), two turtle doves ($125), and a partridge in a pear tree ($184.99).

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, ten lords-a-leaping ($4,766.70, no increase), nine ladies dancing ($6,294.03), eight maids-a-milking ($58), seven swans-a-swimming ($6,300), six geese-a-laying ($162), five gold rings ($645), four calling birds ($519.96), three French hens ($150), two turtle doves ($125), and a partridge in a pear tree ($184.99).

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me, eleven pipers piping ($2,427.60, slightly higher at 3 percent), ten lords-a-leaping ($4,766.70), nine ladies dancing ($6,294.03), eight maids-a-milking ($58), seven swans-a-swimming ($6,300), six geese-a-laying ($162), five gold rings ($645), four calling birds ($519.96), three French hens ($150), two turtle doves ($125), and a partridge in a pear tree ($184.99).

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, twelve drummers drumming ($2,629.90, also a 3 percent increase), eleven pipers piping ($2,427.60), ten lords-a-leaping ($4,766.70), nine ladies dancing ($6,294.03), eight maids-a-milking ($58), seven swans-a-swimming ($6,300), six geese-a-laying ($162), five gold rings ($645), four calling birds ($519.96), three French hens ($150), two turtle doves ($125), and a partridge in a pear tree ($184.99).

The total cost of these gifts would be $101,119.84 – even more for Internet shoppers with delivery costs. Have a happy holiday. Stay away from the swans.


Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please e-mail your questions to anniesmailbox@comcast.net or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 5777 W. Century Blvd., Ste. 700, Los Angeles, CA 90045.