Cost of '12 Days of Christmas' gifts rising

By: NBC News Email
By: NBC News Email

Buying all the 364 gifts named in "the twelve days of Christmas" song will cost you more than it did last year.

According to the annual PCN Christmas Price Index, the grand total comes to more than $107,000, up 6 percent over 2011.

Blame the birds, musicians and jewelry. Geese-a-laying are up more than 29 percent this year.

Three French hens and seven swans-a-swimming have also increased. The survey says this year's drought drove up feed costs for the birds.

Eleven pipers piping and 12 drummers drumming cost 5 ½ percent more this year. And five golden rings soared more than 16 percent thanks to rising gold prices.

If you're feeling thrifty, there is good news. Six items mentioned in the song have stayed the same price. They are the partridge, two turtle doves, four calling birds, eight maids-a-milking, nine ladies dancing and ten lords-a-leaping.


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