Your loved one will need more cash this holiday shopping season due to high-flying geese prices and a tight labor market for lords-a-leaping and drummers drumming. The following is PNC’s Financial Services Group's yearly
Christmas Price Index accounting for the “Twelve Days of Christmas,” with price change from 2017.
Partridge in a Pear Tree
Last year: $219.95. This year: $220.13. (+0.1% from last year)
Price includes pear tree.
2 Turtle Doves
Last year: $375. This year: $375. (No change from last year)
The love between these birds continued a steady and even path this past year.
3 French Hens
Last year: $181.50. This year: $181.50.
No change in their price or pecking order this past year.
4 Calling Birds
Last year: $599.96. This year: $599.96.
These four-feathered friends didn’t have much to sing about over the year. Once again, no change from last year.
5 Golden Rings
Last year: $825. This year: $750. (-9.1% from last year)
These rings lost their bling this past year.
6 Geese a Laying
Last year: $360. This year: $390. (+8.3% from last year)
They hatched a winner this year with one of the largest jumps in price.
7 Swans a Swimming
Last year: $13,125. This year: $13,125. (No change from last year)
Swimming in a calm pond over the past year kept this price steady.
8 Maids a Milking
Last year: $58. This year: $58. (No change from last year)
Minimum wage hasn’t changed for these maids over the past year. Neither has their cost.
9 Ladies Dancing
Last year: $7,552.84. This year: $7,552.84. (No change from last year)
The economy may be growing, but the price for dancing ladies is not.
10 Lords a Leaping
Last year: $5,618.90. This year: $10,000. (+3% from last year)
Now that’s a reason to leap through the halls of the manor house.
11 Pipers Piping
Last year: $2,708.40. This year: $2,804.40. (+3.5% from last year)
This year the pipers can blow their own horn with pride.
12 Drummers Drumming
Last year: $2,934.10. This year: $3,038.10. (+3.5% from last year)
No need to beat the drum slowly with this healthy return.
Last year: $34,558.65.
This year: $39,094.93. (+1.2% from 2017)