Every year, the wonderfully dorky economists with PNC bank celebrate “The 12 Days of Christmas” the way only wonderfully dorky economists could. They calculate what it would actually cost for your true love to buy 12 drummers drumming, 11 pipers pipers piping, and so on, all the way down to the partridge in the pear-bearing tree.
Unfortunately for very literal Christmas carolers, 2011 was the most expensive year yet for following the song’s shopping instructions. Read more.
Actually, should be a lot more if you take into account all the gifts for all 12 days. This only calculates the gifts one would be getting on the 12th day of Christmas, but what about the first 11? By my count, you’d end up with 12 partridges in 12 pear trees, and not just one, by the end of the song.