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Here's How Much the Gifts From "12 Days of Christmas" Would Cost Today

Who knew that seven swans a-swimming would be so expensive?!


You know the song and know the lyrics by heart: "The 12 Days of Christmas" (or at least, the "patridge in a pear tree" part). It's a classic Christmas carol that has had us wondering for years what it would actually be like to offer these outside-the-box presents to our loved ones. But if you were ever considering giving your mother something like "five French hens," you might want to reconsider the collective price.


For more than 30 years, the PNC Financial Services Group has calculated the prices of the twelve gifts from the traditional song. And according this year's calculations, it would cost about $34,363.49 to purchase each item on the list. So let's break it down in sing-a-long form, shall we?


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On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: A Partridge in a Pear Tree

You get lucky with this gift, as currently there is an oversupply of partridges for about $20 each; However, a pear tree will set you back roughly $180.00. In case you're wondering, in Greek mythology, the turtle dove was sacred to Demeter, the goddess of harvest and agriculture, as well as Aphrodite.

Total: $209.00


On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me: Two Turtle Doves

Due to popular demand from last year, the cost has spiked nearly 30 percent. 

Total: $375.00


On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Three French Hens

You're in luck! Due to a stead supply three, French hens come at a more reasonable price compared to the carol's other birds.

Total: $181.50


On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Four Calling Birds

Back in the olden days, they were simply called "blackbirds" or "colly birds." Regardless of the name, you'll have to throw down more cash.

Total: $599.96

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On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Five Golden Rings

You may have already prepared yourself for this one, as five golden rings just sounds hard on the wallet. Due to steady gold prices, it will cost you nearly one-thousand dollars for all five.

Total: $750.00


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On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Six Geese a-Laying 

There was a recent drop in geese this year, which in turn will help you save a little on your Christmas gift. The good news is, if you invest in the six geese they will flock together forever. 

Total: $360.00


On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Seven Swans a-Swimming

Swans have a divorce rate of about six percent, this may be good for you so you don't have a bunch of fighting swans roaming around your backyard. Due to the steady cost of birds, you're looking at over ten-thousand dollars. (Yikes!)

Total: $13,125.00


On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Eight Maids a-Milking

Due to the fact that milkmaids often work off of the federal minimum wage, you could employ the services of all eight for little more than $50.

Total: $58.00


On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Nine Ladies Dancing

There is a huge increase for dancers and dance companies so buyers will see a rise in prices due to the supply and demand. In the past ten years, demand for talented performers have been off the charts! And around the holiday season, a group of dancers will cost you a pretty penny.

Total: $7,552.84


On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me: Ten Lords a-Leaping

Last year, the price for these leaping fellows was at an all time high, but was lowered this year (lucky you).

Total: $5,508.70


On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Eleven Pipers Playing

This is the first year that Pipers have had an increase since 2013. It will cost you just a little more to experience the wonderful music of a piper.

Total: $2,708.40


On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Twelve Drummers Drumming

At this price, the drummers are an all-time hit. There is a high demand for the holidays, but their price has stayed the same for the last three years. Why are they so popular you ask? Each drum is unique creating a sound you've never heard for your holiday gathering.

Total: $2,934.10


As much as we love the idea of endless generosity around the holidays, we may have to pass on these gift ideas this year. As a small gift to you, here's a sneak peek into Martha's home during Christmastime:


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