Every culture, every place has its own unique traditions, some meaningless, some plain weird. We follow many trivial customs as a part of our culture, not because they are important but because it is part of our past!
Here is another tradition, followed every year soon after the Thanksgiving holidays: the calculations of ‘True Cost of Christmas’, or the cost of True Love, as some call it.
This ‘True Cost of Christmas’ or the price of True Love is calculated based on the current price of the items or commodities mentioned in the carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”
To refresh your memory of the carol, it goes like this:
On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me
a partridge in a pear tree
On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Two turtle doves
and a partridge in a pear tree…..
…. and so on, until the day twelve:
On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Twelve drummers drumming
eleven pipers piping
ten lords a’ leaping
nine ladies dancing
eight maids a’ milking
seven swans a’ swimming
six geese a’ laying
five gold rings
four calling birds
three French hens
two turtle doves
and a partridge in a pear tree
PNC Bank has been entertained the banking world and the common man since 1986 by calculating the total cost of the items in this song, if purchased at the current prices.
If you wonder how much the TRUE LOVE could cost you this holiday season, the answer is more than $100K!
PNC tabulated the “True Cost of Christmas,” which is the total cost of items gifted by a True Love, repeated in the song’s verses. This holiday season is the most expensive year ever: a very generous True Loves have to fork over $101,119.84 for all 364 gifts.
For a more interactive journey through this concept, you can ride the PNC Christmas Price Index Express
Happy Holidays to you and your True Love!!
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