Iâ€™ve often wondered what it would cost to actually purchase all the items in the song â€œTwelve Days of Christmasâ€. Well, wonder no more.Â A New York financial company has been sourcing all the turtle doves, French hens, bagpipers, â€˜maids Aâ€™milkingâ€™, etc. for the past 29 years and the their total for all 78 items in 2012 has been calculated at $107,300! You can thank the price of gold for the hike in cost for the â€˜five golden ringsâ€™. The swans-a-swimming, a pear tree, french hens and geese a laying have also gone up in price over 2011.
According to PNC Wealth Management, which has been calculating the cost of Christmasâ€™s since the early 1980’s (their interactive website is really worth a look), 11 pipers piping cost $2,562 in 2012; that’s about $233 each.
So, do I have a bargain for you who have everything!
As you can see from my â€œPaying the Piperâ€ page, my cost to play bagpipes at your Vancouver wedding, funeral, house party, Robert Burns supper or head table is slightly less than that calculated by PNC Wealth Management. I can gather 10 of my bagpiping friends and we can provide â€œ11 pipers pipingâ€ for a measly Cdn. $2,200 (mileage not included.) Â A few tunes under your â€˜partridge in the pear treeâ€™ may draw out nine ladies dancing, a few lordsâ€™ aâ€™leaping and maybe even the local police.
As we are drawing near to the Christmas season, booking in advance is a good idea. Also, having a bottle of single malt whiskey to share with the pipers is also traditional. It may be the only way to get them to stop playing in your neighbourhood.
So, if thereâ€™s no room under your Christmas tree for any more gifts, music may be the ideal gift for the person who has everything.