This Year’s Cost of the “12 Days of Christmas” Items

It’s gonna set you back .2% relative to last year, so feel free to dive in, but be prepared to dish out $38,993.59 for the lot of them.

The price of birds has dropped, but gold is up 10% so it almost evens out. Spencer McGowan, senior portfolio manager for the McGowan Group Asset Management in Dallas, says he took the numbers from the 36th annual holiday economic analysis by Pittsburgh-based PNC Financial Services Group Inc. and concluded your significant other should be pleased with all the presents under the tree. “You need $39,000.00 -- turtle doves are down this year -- but if you want to give all the gifts of the 12 Days of Christmas I’m sure your betrothed will be extremely happy about it.” Especially fans of swans, the most expensive items on the list.

The joy, however, may not last past Christmas morning. McGowan notes that the price of birds is cheaper in 2019. “The problem is the maintenance on them. What are you going to do with them after?” The cows might also be a problem when the maids finish, and we can't figure out why the Lords are so expensive, but consider Brexit may play a role.

If you’re ready to start your Christmas shopping, you can start with this wish list:

▪ One partridge in a pear tree $210.17 (-4.5%)

▪ Two turtle doves $300.00 (-20%)

▪ Three French hens $181.50 (unchanged)

▪ Four calling birds $599.96 (unchanged)

▪ Five Gold Rings $825.00 (+10%)

▪ Six geese-a-laying $$420.00 (+7.7%)

▪ Seven swans-a-swimming $13,125.00 (unchanged)

▪ Eight maids-a-milking $58.00 (unchanged)

▪ Nine ladies dancing $7,552.84 (unchanged)

▪ 10 lords-a-leaping $10,000.00 (unchanged)

▪ 11 pipers piping $2,748.87 (+0.8%)

▪ 12 drummers drumming $2,972.25 (+0.8%)

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