The price of lords-a-leaping and ladies dancing has spiked this holiday season, but other items mentioned in the carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas” still cost the same as they did last year.
Buying one set of the gifts mentioned in each verse costs $27,393 in stores, or 7.7 percent more than last year, according to the Christmas Price Index that PNC Wealth Management updates annually. The federal government’s core Consumer Price Index rose only 1.7 percent this year.
The cost of nine ladies dancing is $7,553, or 20 percent more than last year, while 10 lords-a-leaping jumped 10 percent, to $5,243. Seven items on the list cost the same as they did last year, including turtle doves, French hens and gold rings.