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Christmas Price Index, 2009

The true cost of Christmas in song is $87,402.81

Every year since 1984, PNC Wealth Management has calculated the cost of the gifts in the classic holiday song The Twelve Days of Christmas."

2009 2008 % Change
One Partridge in a Pear Tree $159.99 $219.99 -27.3%
Two Turtledoves $55.98 $55.00 1.8%
Three French Hens $45.00 30.00 50%
Four Calling Birds $599.96 $599.96 0%
Five Gold Rings $499.95 $349.95 42.9%
Six Geese-a-Laying $150.00 $240.00 -37.5
Seven Swans-a-Swimming $5,250.00 $5,600.00 -6.3%
Eight Maids-a-Milking $58.00 $52.40 10.7%
Nine Ladies Dancing $5,473.07 $4,759.19 15%
Ten Lords-a-Leaping $4,413.61 $4,413.61 0%
Eleven Pipers Piping $2,284.80 $2,284.80 0%
Twelve Drummers Drumming $2,475.20 $2,475.20 0%
       
Total Christmas Price Index $21,465.56 $21,080.10 1.8%
True cost of Christmas in song1 $87,402.81 $86,608.51 0.9%
1. Total cost of items if one repeated all earlier verses on each successive day: that is, 12 (1 x 12) partridges in pear trees, 22 (2 x 11) calling birds, 30 (3 x 10) French hens, and so on.

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