Comparing the cost of all 12 Days of Christmas gifts: Traditional vs. Canadian

Every year, the group PNC Wealth Management releases their Christmas Price Index of all the gifts in the “12 Days of Christmas.” In 2015, the set of gifts spelled out in the final verse of the song would cost $34,131, or 0.6 percent more than the adjusted 2014 price of $33,933. ($155,407.18 if you purchased all the items each time they are mentioned in the song).

Highlights:

9 of the 12 gifts listed in the carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas” stayed the same price as last year

The partridge in a pear tree rose 3.5 percent overall, mostly because partridges now cost $25 each, up from $20, because partridges are increasingly popular as gourmet food.

Pear trees inched up from $188 to just under $190.

Turtle doves increased 11.5 percent, from $260 to $290, mostly due to increased grain prices that pushed up feed costs.

The lords a-leaping are more expensive because labor costs increased their price from $5,348 to $5,509.

So, for comparison, we calculated the totals costs of Bob & Doug Mackenzie’s CANADIAN “12 Day of Christmas” and came up with:

A Beer: Molson Canadian (because there are cases of Canadian on the set of the original show) $2.45

Two Turtle Necks: $39.98

Three French Toasts: $9.00 (based on my greasy spoon down the road, includes coffee)

Four Pounds of Back Bacon: $28.98 (I had to do math on this one!)

Five Golden Touques: $185.25 (Hand knit gold coloured toques from Etsy)

Six packs of 24’s: $227.70

Seven packs of smokes: $78.75

Eight Comic books: $31.92

Twelve: A dozen donuts. $7.49 (Tim Hortons)

Total with the donuts: $611.52 (BEFORE TAX) 

Without the donuts, because they argue at the end about adding them: $604.03

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