PNC prices '12 Days of Christmas' at $23K

November 30, 2010 10:55:11 AM PST
From 12 drummers drumming down to a pear tree, it'll cost you $23,439 to buy all of the items in the "12 Days of Christmas" song this year, according to PNC Bank.

According to the 27th annual survey, the price tag is up $1,974 more than last year. This is the second-highest jump ever and largest percentage increase since 2003 when the index rose 16 percent. It comes on the heels of a modest 1.8 percent increase a year ago.

Among the 12 gifts in the survey, only four items -- the pear tree, four calling birds, six geese a?laying and the eight maids-a-milking were the same price from last year.

The 11 pipers piping, which are $2,356, and 12 drummers drumming, which are $2,552, saw modest increases, both up 3.1 percent.

Lords-a-leaping jumped 8 percent to $4,766, but the biggest dollar increase this year was for the nine ladies dancing, up by $820, a 15-percent boost. None of these performers received a wage increase last year, and were playing catch-up in 2010.