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Have French hens or Colly birds ever actually topped anyone’s Christmas list? We’re not really sure who came up with the list of gifts in the iconic carol “The 12 Days of Christmas,” but we do know one thing: whoever sprung for all that stuff is loaded.
The folks at PNC, via The Atlantic, have calculated the actual cost of getting the partridge, pear tree, etc. under the tree, and the grand total is a doozy: $27,393.17. If you stay true to the song, and add up the cumulative haul over 12 days, the staggering sum is $114,651.18 (and that does not include all the clean-up you’re going to need, what with all those birds).
PNC went to considerable effort to come up with this figure (known as the Christmas Index), seeking out unions to get average pay for drummers and pipers and consulting an aviary to price out the birds. But where exactly do you find a leaping lord these days?