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December 11, 2004

Cost of Expressing True Love Rises 1.6%

It has been a good year for skilled workers in service industries—dancing ladies, leaping lords, piping pipers, and drumming drummers all saw an increase in their billable rates. However, the greatest cost in the gifts of the Twelve Days of Christmas lies—or perhaps lay—with the French hens, who have produced fewer hatchlings lately.

PNC Advisors put the cost of the 364 items (including repetitions) in the song at $66,334, up 1.6% from last year. This is a very modest increase over last year's, though I urge anyone considering the giving of this gift package to weigh the considerable housing and maintenance costs you would impose on the recipient and the reluctance of skilled laborers to perform menial farm work.

The frugal might consider unique purchases—no repetition—which would run $17,297, though I still challenge you to think about housing fifty people and 23 animals.

Posted by Gary at December 11, 2004 11:04 AM | TrackBack
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