News You Can Use: Buying the 12 Days of Christmas Got More Expensive

As if Christmastime can’t get more expensive every year with new family members, more fancy gifts, crazy toys and needy relatives, we’ve got some bad news for you:

If you wanted to buy everything in The 12 Days of Christmas, it just got more expensive.

The PNC Christmas Price Index, which tracks the costs of everything in the Christmas carol, shows that the overall cost for these items has risen about 1.7% percent. Now, that’s not too bad – considering that in 2003, the cost went up nearly 16%. Regardless, it’s never been a more expensive time to want everything in the 12 Days of Christmas – if that’s what you’re really going after.

According to a press release, PNC has been doing this index since 1984 – and they even have a member of their team whose job it is to determine these prices.

Among the highlights:

Six Geese-A-Laying: now costs $360, up 71.4% from last year’s $210. Ouch.
Three French Hens will now set you back 10% more, or about $182.
A partridge in a pear tree rings in at a 3.8% jump, or around $208.

Clearly Christmas is getting more and more expensive, especially if you sing the song you’ve come to love so much over and over and over again.

And just in case you do, don’t miss out on PNC’s re-made 12 Days of Christmas, including some crazy 12 Pipers Piping following people around.