Buyers beware: the Twelve Days of Christmas are getting a little more expensive. The cost of all the items in the holiday classic The Twelve Days of Christmas jumped to $23,439, an increase of $1,974 from last year.

"This year's jump in the PNC CPI can be attributed to rising gold commodity prices, represented by the Five Gold Rings, which went up by 30%, in addition to higher costs for wages and benefits impacting some entertainers," said James Dunigan, managing executive of investments for PNC Wealth Management, which tracks the cost of the goods named in the carol.

The cost of the items jumped despite consumer price inflation of only 1.1%. Of the 12 items, only four were the same price as last year. These are the Partridge in a Pear Tree, the Four Calling Birds, the Six Geese a-Laying and the Eight Maids a-Milking.

The single biggest dollar increase was for the nine ladies dancing, which rose by $820, or 15%.

The full prices were as follows:

One Partridge in a Pear Tree: $161.99
Two Turtle Doves: $100
Three French Hens: $150
Four Calling Birds: $599.96
Five Gold Rings: $649.95
Six Geese-a-Laying: $150
Seven Swans-a-Swimming: $5,600
Eight Maids-a-Milking: $58
Nine Ladies Dancing: $6,294.03
10 Lords-a-Leaping: $4,766.70
11 Pipers Piping: $2,356.20
12 Drummers Drumming: $2,552.55

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The figure given here is only for the twelfth day. In the song, each gift is given again and again, along with one additional gift each day. The total cost for the whole twelve days would be at least $200,000.

November 29 2010 at 6:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

duh, since The Fed is printing and diluting our dollar, of course everything costs more. give me deflation any day and while you are at it, please ask congress to audit and end The Fed. and give us a fair tax (HR25/S296) and a balanced budget amendment.

November 29 2010 at 4:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply