It's that time of year again. That time, when like it or not, the Christmas season is upon us. Once again Thanksgiving is overlooked, much like the red headed step child relegated to the table in the kitchen. Anyway, a true look at the economics of the day, is the price of the 12 Days of Christmas. 2020 was a bit short, given due to Covid there were no: Dancing Ladies, Leaping Lords, Pipers, or Drummers. But as we get back (close) to our old norm - if it exists, all twelve gifts are once again available. Here is the list of the cost of the gifts.
- A Partridge in a Pear Tree - $235.40
- 2 Turtle Doves - $567.00
- 3 French Hens - $264.60
- 4 Calling Birds - $755.94
- 5 Golden Rings - $1,190.70
- 6 Laying Geese - $775.20
- 7 Swimming Swans - $14,700.00
- 8 Milking Maids - $64.96
- 9 Dancing Ladies - $8,461.82
- 10 Leaping Lords - $11,200.00
- 11 Piping Pipers - $3,078.73
- 12 Drummers - $3,328.92
For a grand total of $44,623.27
Of course 2020's cost was only $16,168.14 due to the lack of Ladies, Lords, Pipers, and Drummers. 2019's cost was $38,953.59. The 2021 total clearly reflects the inflation that dominates the front pages these days, as compared to 2019, the cost has increased by a little less than $6,000.
Now, as a caveat, with the shipping issues and shortages, the Golden Rings may be a little hard to find. The Lords may have issues getting here, given the Covid travel restrictions and flight cancellations.
A bit of history here. The song was first published in England in 1780, although its origins are probably French. The current version is an arrangement first published in 1909 by English composer Frederic Austin. The first day starts with Christmas day and run the 12 days until Epiphany.
But, all said, and God willing, the 2021 Christmas season will once again enjoy these 79 delights.
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