Christmas Price Index

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'12 Days of Christmas' Items up 11%

PITTSBURGH — Given the economic downturn, even the most romantic might balk at the $86,609 price tag for the items in the carol, "The Twelve Days of Christmas."

That's this year's cost, according to the annual "Christmas Price Index" compiled by PNC Wealth Management, which tallies the single partridge in a pear tree to the 12 drummers drumming, purchased repeatedly as the song suggests. The price is up $8,508, or 10.9%, from $78,100 last year.

PNC Financial (PNC Quote - Cramer on PNC - Stock Picks) checks jewelry stores, dance companies, pet stores and other sources to compile the list. While it is done humorously, PNC said its index mirrors actual economic trends.

Prices of items in song, according to PNC Wealth Management:

Partridge, $20 (last year: $15)

Pear Tree, $200 (last year: $150)

Two Turtle Doves, $55 (last year: $40)

Three French Hens, $30 (last year: $45)

Four Calling Birds (canaries), $600 (last year: same)

Five Gold Rings, $350 (last year: $395)

Six Geese a-Laying, $240 (last year: $360)

Seven Swans a-Swimming, $5,600 (last year: $4,200)

Eight Maids a-Milking, $52 (last year: $47)

Nine Ladies Dancing (per performance), $4,759 (last year: same)

10 Lords a-Leaping (per performance), $4,414 (last year: $4,285)

11 Pipers Piping (per performance), $2,285 (last year: $2,213)

12 Drummers Drumming (per performance), $2,475 (last year: $2,398)

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