December 25, 2019

By Marcy Sugar

By Kathy Mitchell

December 25, 2019 5 min read

Dear Readers: Merry Christmas. We hope you are fortunate enough to be with family and friends today. Those who can volunteer their time in nursing homes, hospitals or soup kitchens, please do so. For the past few years, we have printed the annual PNC Christmas Price Index, which we find interesting and amusing. Enjoy:

"The Twelve Days of Christmas"

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a partridge in a pear tree (cost: $207.68, an increase of 3.8 percent over last year).

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me, two turtledoves ($125, the same price since 2012) and a partridge in a pear tree (another $207.68).

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me, three French hens ($181.50, up 10 percent over last year), two turtledoves ($125) and a partridge in a pear tree ($207.68).

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, four calling birds ($599.96, the same as last year), three French hens ($181.50), two turtledoves ($125) and a partridge in a pear tree ($207.68).

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, five gold rings ($750, the same price two years in a row), four calling birds ($599.96), three French hens ($181.50), two turtledoves ($125) and a partridge in a pear tree ($207.68).

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, six geese-a-laying ($360, a whopping increase of 71.4 percent), five gold rings ($750), four calling birds ($599.96), three French hens ($181.50), two turtledoves ($125) and a partridge in a pear tree ($207.68).

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me, seven swans-a-swimming ($7,000, still pricey, but no more than before, unless you order them online, in which case, they went up 30 percent), six geese-a-laying ($360), five gold rings ($750), four calling birds ($599.96), three French hens ($181.50), two turtledoves ($125) and a partridge in a pear tree ($207.68).

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, eight maids-a-milking ($58, still at minimum wage, the same price for the past three years), seven swans-a-swimming ($7,000), six geese-a-laying ($360), five gold rings ($750), four calling birds ($599.96), three French hens ($181.50), two turtledoves ($125) and a partridge in a pear tree ($207.68).

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, nine ladies dancing ($7,552.84, same as last year), eight maids-a-milking ($58), seven swans-a-swimming ($7,000), six geese-a-laying ($360), five gold rings ($750), four calling birds ($599.96), three French hens ($181.50), two turtledoves ($125) and a partridge in a pear tree ($207.68).

On the 10th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 10 lords-a-leaping ($5,348.24, a 2 percent salary hike), nine ladies dancing ($7,552.84), eight maids-a-milking ($58), seven swans-a-swimming ($7,000), six geese-a-laying ($360), five gold rings ($750), four calling birds ($599.96), three French hens ($181.50), two turtledoves ($125) and a partridge in a pear tree ($207.68).

On the 11th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 11 pipers piping ($2,635.20, same as before), 10 lords-a-leaping ($5,348.24), nine ladies dancing ($7,552.84), eight maids-a-milking ($58), seven swans-a-swimming ($7,000), six geese-a-laying ($360), five gold rings ($750), four calling birds ($599.96), three French hens ($181.50), two turtledoves ($125) and a partridge in a pear tree ($207.68).

On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 12 drummers drumming ($2,854.50, no increase), 11 pipers piping ($2,635.20), 10 lords-a-leaping ($5,348.24), nine ladies dancing ($7,552.84), eight maids-a-milking ($58), seven swans-a-swimming ($7,000), six geese-a-laying ($360), five gold rings ($750), four calling birds ($599.96), three French hens ($181.50), two turtledoves ($125) and a partridge in a pear tree ($207.68).

The total cost of these gifts would be $116,273.06, plus shipping. Have a happy holiday. Don't buy your swans online.

This Classic Annie's Mailbox column was originally published in 2014. To find out more about Classic Annie's Mailbox and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit Creators Syndicate at www.creators.com.

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