The ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ is a traditional English Christmas carol (originally from France). It charts 12 gifts that a lover gives to the singer over the ‘Twelve days of Christmas’.
The twelve days of Christmas run from the 25th December to 5th January.
There are 364 items mentioned in the carol
12 Drummers Drumming, 11 Pipers Piping, 10 Lords-a-Leaping, 9 Ladies Dancing, 8 Maids-a-Milking, 7 Swans-a-Swimming, 6 Geese-a-Laying, 5 Gold Rings, 4 Colly Birds, 3 French Hens, 2 Turtle Doves and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.
Today these 364 items would cost you $25,431.18
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The cost of purchasing the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ has varied greatly over the years. This varying cost can act as an informal (and festive) cost of living index.
The cost of the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ has been steadily increasing over the past 2 decades.
- Between 2011 and 2012 the cost of purchasing the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ increased 4.8%
- Between 1986 and 2012 the cost of purchasing the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ increased 96.8%
96.8% may seem like a drastic increase but it’s nearly 15% below the official 111% rise in the cost of living between 1986 and 2012
Feel free to check out the animated version of this infographic here: The Cost of The 12 Days of Christmas