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Cost to Buy “12 Days of Christmas Items” Up Six Percent over 2011


(CNN) — Buying all the 364 gifts named in “The Twelve Days of Christmas” song will cost you more than it did last year.

According to the annual PNC Christmas Price Index, the grand total comes to more than $107,000, up six percent over 2011.

Blame the birds, musicians and jewelry.

Geese-a-laying are up more than 29 percent this year. Three French Hens and Seven Swans-a-Swimming have also increased.

The survey says this year’s drought drove up feed costs for the birds.

Eleven pipers piping and twelve drummers drumming cost five and a half percent more this year, and five golden rings soared more than 16 percent thanks to rising gold prices.

If you’re feeling thrifty, there is good news.

Six items mentioned in the song have stayed the same price.

They are: the Partridge, Two Turtle Doves, Four Calling Birds, Eight Maids-A-Milking, Nine Ladies Dancing and 10 Lords-A-Leaping.


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