PRICE OF TRUE LOVE:
The price of giving all the items in the song "The 12 Days of
Christmas" went up less than 2 percent in 1994, under the current annual
rate of inflation of 2.6 percent.
1 Partridge in a pear tree $35
2 Turtle doves 50
3 French hens 15
4 Calling birds 280
5 Gold rings 450
6 Geese-a-laying 150
7 Swans-a-swimming 7,000
8 Maids-a-milking 34
9 Pipers piping 2,607
10 Ladies dancing 3,013
11 Lords-a-leaping 1,109
12 Drummers drumming 1,201
Total to give gifts once: $15,944
Total to give as in song*: $73,345
*Singing the song in its entirety results in 364 presents: 12
partridges, 36 calling birds, 40 maids, etc.
SOURCE: PNC Bank Corp.
This article is from the Philadelphia Inquirer (December 4th, 1994)
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