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Pricing the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’

Posted: December 17, 2013 5:25 p.m.
Updated: December 18, 2013 5:00 a.m.

 

Dear Readers:

"The Twelve Days of Christmas"

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a partridge in a pear tree (cost: $199.99, an actual decrease of 2.4 percent from last year).

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me, two turtle doves ($125, the same price as 2012) and a partridge in a pear tree (another $199.99).

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me, three French hens ($165, the same as last year), two turtle doves ($125) and a partridge in a pear tree ($199.99).

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, four calling birds ($599.96, which increased by a whopping 15.4 percent), three French hens ($165), two turtle doves ($125) and a partridge in a pear tree ($199.99).

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, five gold rings ($750, the same price as last year for those who think the price of gold keeps going up), four calling birds ($599.96), three French hens ($165), two turtle doves ($125), and a partridge in a pear tree ($199.99).

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, six geese-a-laying ($210, again, the same as last year), five gold rings ($750), four calling birds ($599.96), three French hens ($165), two turtle doves ($125) and a partridge in a pear tree ($199.99),

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me, seven swans-a-swimming ($7,000, still expensive, but no more than before), six geese-a-laying ($210), five gold rings ($750), four calling birds ($599.96), three French hens ($165), two turtle doves ($125) and a partridge in a pear tree ($199.99).

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, eight maids-a-milking ($58, still at minimum wage, the same price for the past two years), seven swans-a-swimming ($7,000), six geese-a-laying ($210), five gold rings ($750), four calling birds ($599.96), three French hens ($165), two turtle doves ($125) and a partridge in a pear tree ($199.99).

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, nine ladies dancing ($7,552.84, a 20 percent increase in salary), eight maids-a-milking ($58), seven swans-a-swimming ($7,000), six geese-a-laying ($210), five gold rings ($750), four calling birds ($599.96), three French hens ($165), two turtle doves ($125) and a partridge in a pear tree ($199.99).

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 10 lords-a-leaping ($5,243.37, a 10 percent salary hike), nine ladies dancing ($7,552.84), eight maids-a-milking ($58), seven swans-a-swimming ($7,000), six geese-a-laying ($210), five gold rings ($750), four calling birds ($599.96), three French hens ($165), two turtle doves ($125) and a partridge in a pear tree ($199.99).

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 11 pipers piping ($2,635.20, slightly higher at 2.9 percent), 10 lords-a-leaping ($5,243.37), nine ladies dancing ($7,552.84), eight maids-a-milking ($58), seven swans-a-swimming ($7,000), six geese-a-laying ($210), five gold rings ($750), four calling birds ($599.96), three French hens ($165), two turtle doves ($125) and a partridge in a pear tree ($199.99).

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 12 drummers drumming ($2,854.50, also a 2.9 percent increase), 11 pipers piping ($2,635.20), 10 lords-a-leaping ($5,243.37), nine ladies dancing ($7,552.84), eight maids-a-milking ($58), seven swans-a-swimming ($7,000), six geese-a-laying ($210), five gold rings ($750), four calling birds ($599.96), three French hens ($165), two turtle doves ($125) and a partridge in a pear tree ($199.99).

Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please email your questions to anniesmailbox@comcast.net, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.

Merry Christmas. We hope those who are celebrating the holiday are fortunate enough to enjoy it with family and friends. Here’s the annual PNC Christmas Price Index for those keeping track:

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