Buying everything mentioned in The Twelve Days of Christmas will not only set you back £67,000 but also cost you more this year than last. All 364 items repeated in the carol have been priced at 6.1 per cent higher than in 2011. Jim Dunigan of PNC financial services, which put together the Christmas Price Index said:
“The rise is larger than expected considering the modest economic growth we’ve had”
Even shopping for the 12 gifts on the net will cost you more than traditional shipping methods according to Mr Dunigan:
“Internet prices are higher because of premium shipping costs for birds and the convenience factor of shopping online.”
The drought in the USA this year caused the prices of some birds to soar because the cost of corn and other feed went up. While no item is cheaper this year, six items have not gone up in price – maids, ladies dancing, leaping lords, calling birds, turtle doves and the partridge.