What Would The 12 Days Of Christmas Actually Cost?

You’ve probably heard the song “The 12 Days Of Christmas”. You’ve probably even sarcastically ended a phrase by adding “And a partridge in a pear tree” to a list. And you may have even seen the infographic below in years past, but I find it to be interesting. Updated to reflect everything that the economy has seen in 2013, the graphic shows what the cost of the 12 days of Christmas would be – in 1984, 2012, and 2013. We’ve surely seen price increases since 1984, but what about since just last year? You could use it in class to talk about inflation or economics, or just share it for fun.

Do you think the prices are accurate?

The Cost of The 12 Days Of Christmas

The total cost of all the gifts in the song has risen 116.1% in the past 30 years, and about 7.7% since just last year.

All the gifts combined would cost:

  • $12, 673.56 (in 1984)
  • $25,431.18 (in 2012)
  • $27,393.17 (in 2013)