I might be singing a different tune this holiday season if, in fact, the Turtle Dove was an actual bird-turtle hybrid.
Alas, it’s just another bird—one of the 184 fowl
gifted in the course of the “12 Days of Christmas,” with nary a Toucan Sam or Tweety in the bunch.
That’s bad enough, but just wait until you see the price tag for all 364 presents
, from the birds to the lords a’ leaping to all those damn trees—it’s an absurd $107,300. No, sir
This is according to the latest Christmas Price Index from PNC Wealth Management, which every year tallies up the cost of the “12 Days of Christmas.” This year’s appraisal represents a 6.1 percent mark-up from 2011, reports the Associated Press
And I thought Walmart was rolling back prices.
Here’s a further price breakdown of the gifts
• Partridge, $15; last year: same
• Pear tree, $189.99; last year: $169.99
• Two turtle doves, $125; last year: same
• Three French hens, $165; last year: $150
• Four calling birds (canaries), $519.96; last year: same
• Five gold rings, $750; last year: $645
• Six geese a-laying, $210; last year: $162
• Seven swans a-swimming, $7,000; last year: $6,300
• Eight maids a-milking, $58; last year: same
• Nine ladies dancing (per performance), $6,294; last year: same
• 10 lords a-leaping (per performance), $4,767; last year: same
• 11 pipers piping (per performance), $2,562; last year: $2,428
• 12 drummers drumming (per performance), $2,776; last year: $2,630