Thursday, December 10, 2015

The 2015 Twelve Posts of Christmas #3

Any 12 posts of Christmas would be incomplete without letting all of you know how much it would cost you to buy all the items from the 12 Days of Christmas.  Herewith is the breakdown of the 2015 gifts.  The total cost this year rose .06% for a total of $34,130.99.  It is noteworthy (to a history geek like me) that this tradition started 32 years ago when an economist at PNC decided to figure out how much all the gifts would cost - and PNC has kept the index every year since.  For comparison, in 1984 when the index was first published, the gifts would have cost you a mere $18,845.97.

Most of the prices stayed level this year and no costs went down this year.  The largest jumps came in the avian category, with two turtle doves rising 11.5% and the cost of one little partridge went up 3.5%.  All of the other birds, french female chickens, birds on phones, and geese and swans all held the line.  Rising salaries for ten Lords A Leaping also saw that cost increase 3%, although all of the other individuals (milkmaids, dancers, drummers, and pipers) stayed the same.

Remember that the costs above are for single gifts - if you want to buy all of the repeated items in the song, amounting to 364 gifts, it will set you back $155,407.18.  But remember, that can get you in trouble.

Now to find a tree, well several trees for the launchpad (one for the living room, one for our bedroom, and one for the boy's room).

(you gotta love both the mullet and the femullet in this)

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