Most of the gifts sound silly.
After all, what would you do with a partridge in a pear tree, and do you really want to care for and clean up after two turtle doves and four calling birds? And those six geese a-laying – if they’re Canada geese, they’re as common in Dayton as gray skies in winter.
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Nevertheless, it’s always fun to look at the cost of the gifts in “The Twelve Days of Christmas” in today’s dollars.
PNC Bank has been figuring the value for 30 years, and this year proclaimed the grand total at $34,363.49, which is a mere increase of $232.50 from last year.
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What's changed: This year there’s a surplus of partridges (imagine that), so the price has gone down. What’s gone up is the cost of 11 pipers piping and 12 drummers drumming because of wage increases.
The most expensive gift of the 12 will surprise you – seven swans a-swimming will set you back $13,125. For that amount of moolah, you could have 875 golden rings.