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Here's how much it would cost to buy the '12 days of Christmas' gifts in 2017

  • Danielle Beyer | dbeyer@madison.com | @daniellebeyer
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FILE- This Feb. 12, 2009, file photo shows two turtle doves in St. George Island, Fla.

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Have you ever wondered how much it would cost to buy every gift in the song "The 12 Days of Christmas"? Well, you're in luck because PNC Financial Services Group has done the math for you.

This is the 34th year that PNC has calculated its Christmas Price Index, which it describes as "a unique and whimsical holiday tradition that makes learning about the economy fun." It's basically a rundown of the cost of all 12 days of gifts (it even gives the option of in-store versus online pricing).

"It is similar to the U.S. Consumer Price Index, which measures the changing prices of goods and services like housing, food, clothing, transportation and more that reflect the spending habits of the average American," PNC explains on its website.

Getting straight to the point, the total cost for the "12 Days of Christmas" gifts in 2017 would be $34,558.65. If your're shopping online, the price goes up to $45,096, mostly due to travel and shipping costs. That's about $200 or 0.6 percent more than in 2016.

Although it went up, it did so less than the government's Consumer Price Index, which increased 2.2 percent through September for the past 12 months, according to PNC.

To put that in perspective, "The PNC Christmas Price Index predicts True Loves will be on their merry way to a more robust and satisfying holiday shopping season this year," PNC said in a news release.

The slight increase from last year was mostly due to higher prices for the pear tree, increased demand for golden rings and wage increases for the Lords-a-Leaping.

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FILE – In this Nov. 22, 2016, file photo, a representative poses for a photograph beside the "Five Golden Rings" section of a "Fire Garden" display, on the eve of the public opening of the "Christmas at Kew" festival at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in London. 

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Here's the breakdown of each item:

DAY 1. A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE

  • In-store price: $219.95
  • Increase from 2016: 4.7%
  • Online price: $269.00
  • Increase from 2016: 9.8%

PNC: "This gift's spike in price can be fully attributed to the Pear Tree's increase (+5.2% from $189.99 to $199.95), while the Partridge remained flat. The Pear Tree spiked due to increased cost of living for workers and limited supply of larger, more mature trees."

DAY 2. TWO TURTLE DOVES

  • In-store price: $20.00
  • Increase from 20160.0%
  • Online price: $ 95.00
  • Increase from 20160.0%

PNC: "These birds had no love lost as prices remained steady, after a hefty increase of 29.3% in 2016."

DAY 3. THREE FRENCH HENS

  • In-store price: $181.50
  • Increase from 20160.0%
  • Online price: $281.50
  • Increase from 20160.0%

PNC: "It’s been a quiet year for the French Hens. There was no change in their price or pecking order, due to steady supply and demand in the past year."

DAY 4. FOUR CALLING BIRDS

  • In-store price: $599.96
  • Increase from 20160.0%
  • Online price: $370.00
  • Increase from 20160.0%

PNC: "It was business as usual this year for these feathered friends. Their price was unchanged, selling right at market value. No need to call for a discount to stimulate sales."

DAY 5: FIVE GOLD RINGS

  • In-store price: $825.00
  • Increase from 201610.0%
  • Online price: $899.75
  • Increase from 20160.0%

PNC: "After five years with unchanged pricing, Gold Rings are shining bright, jumping up 10% since last year, due to increased demand and popularity. Ooo la la!"

DAY 6: SIX GEESE-A-LAYING

  • In-store price: $360.00
  • Increase from 20160.0%
  • Online price: $1,488.00
  • Increase from 201610.2%

PNC: "Despite a slight increase in food prices, geese just laid back this year as the goose market remained stable and their pricing, unaffected. In years past, the goose market had fluctuated due to the avian flu."

DAY 7: SEVEN SWANS-A-SWIMMING

  • In-store price: $ 13,125.00
  • Increase from 2016: 0.0%
  • Online price: $ 15,165.00
  • Increase from 2016: 0.3%

PNC: "Although historically the most unpredictable gift of the bunch, the swans swam in a straight line in 2017, staying the same price as last year."

DAY 8: EIGHT MAIDS-A-MILKING

  • In-store price: $58.00
  • Increase from 2016: 0.0%
  • Online price: $377.28
  • Increase from 2016: 3.2%

PNC: "The Maids-A-Milking are chugging along at the same price as last year, reflecting the stagnant federal minimum wage, which hasn't changed since 2009."

DAY 9: NINE LADIES DANCING

  • In-store price: $7,552.84
  • Increase from 2016: 0.0%
  • Online price: $8,322.55
  • Increase from 2016: 0.0%

PNC: "Despite a growing economy and rising demand for dancers, dance companies did not raise wages (and thus, prices) for the fifth year in a row."

DAY 10: TEN LORDS-A-LEAPING

  • In-store price: $5,618.90
  • Increase from 2016: 2.0%
  • Online price: $13,373.35
  • Increase from 2016: 0.0%

PNC: "The price to hire high-flying men to entertain your true love rose after two years of stagnant growth."

DAY 11: ELEVEN PIPERS PIPING

  • In-store price: $2,708.40
  • Increase from 2016: 0.0%
  • Online price: $2,475.00
  • Increase from 2016: 12.5%

PNC: "No price increase in the pipeline for these musicians. After their wage increase last year for the first time since 2013, the cost to hire Pipers in 2017 remained the same."

DAY 12: TWELVE DRUMMERS DRUMMING

  • In-store price: $2,934.10
  • Increase from 2016: 0.0%
  • Online price: $1,620.00
  • Increase from 2016: 0.0%

PNC: "The Drummers kept the beat steady with unchanged pricing after a much anticipated wage and price increase last year."

This covers the cost of buying each gift once. However, if you include the cost of all the repetition throughout the carol, it would cost $157,558 in-store or $204,848.65 online.

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