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The 12 Days of Christmas For $12.99 Or Less (slideshow)

The 12 Days of Christmas For $12.99 Or Less (slideshow)
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$101,119. That’s how much it would cost you to receive every item mentioned in the Christmas carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” according to the annual Christmas Price Index compiled by PNC Wealth Management. It’s the first time the price of the 364 items listed has exceeded $100,000.

All told, $101,119 will get you:

2 drummers drumming, 22 pipers piping, 30 lords-a-leaping, 36 ladies dancing, 40 maids-a-milking, 42 swans-a-swimming, 42 geese-a-laying, 40 gold rings, 36 calling birds, 30 French hens, 22 turtle doves, and 12 partridges in pear trees

Not having that kind of money, let alone enough to pay for the care of 184 birds, I’ve put together “the 12 days of Christmas on the cheap.” Some items are free and I’ve dispensed with the notion of having 2 of this or 9 of that. Some items diverge a bit from their original descriptions in the song but for no more than $12.99, one can’t be overly choosy, no?

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5:08PM PST on Jan 5, 2012

Thank you.

4:53PM PST on Dec 26, 2011

seriously? I got to page 8 and couldn't waste any more time clicking on these ridiculous ideas. btw, I don't understand the comment about Cracker Jack not being organic and having too much sugar after recommending a 5 pack of Peeps...

2:52AM PST on Dec 19, 2011

So much weirdness in gift-giving in one song! Pair that with "I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas" and "All I want for Christmas is My two front teeth" and I do believe we have enough to confuse any kid, family pet, or relative!

7:17PM PST on Dec 18, 2011

cute

4:47PM PST on Dec 18, 2011

thanks.

11:16AM PST on Dec 18, 2011

To get even cheaper, use the Bob and Doug McKenzie version...
'Four pounds of back bacon, three french toast, two turtlenecks, and a beer in a tree'...

8:33AM PST on Dec 18, 2011

Who cares how...xmas is spelled....what count is the Christmas spirit!

8:34PM PST on Dec 17, 2011

thanks

11:59PM PST on Dec 16, 2011

Thanks.

4:51PM PST on Dec 16, 2011

im very frugal, but not mean. Im kind and very thoughtful, but all tho i take the time to make my presents and cards look good ,others dont appreciate. merri xmas x

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