By Chelsea Meyer
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If you’re looking to buy ALL the stuff from the “12 Days of Christmas” song — three French hens, two turtle doves, and so on — you’re going to have to shell out more than in past years.
PNC Financial Services released its annual list of the cost of everything in the song, and the total this year is a whopping $41,205.58. That’s up to $2,212 from 2019, or 5.7%. They didn’t do the list in 2020 because the pandemic threw things out of whack.
The pricetag for all 12 items is about $3,000 less than the average annual household income in Rockford, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates.
That price is just if you buy every group of things once. If you buy things over and over as the song says, you’ll need nearly $180,000.
Nothing is cheaper than it was in 2019, but four things cost the same: Ladies dancing, maids-a-milking, swans-a-swimming and calling birds. The cost for turtle doves went up 50% and geese-a-laying went up 57%.
The most expensive thing is the seven swans-a-swimming — they’ll run you $13,125, or $1,875 each. So they’re around one-third of the entire cost.
The cheapest item is the partridge to put in your pear tree, which is just $20.18. The pear tree will run you $202.50.
(Here’s a graphic with the cost breakdown of all the different items.)