PITTSBURG (AP) - Singing "The Twelve Days of Christmas" costs a lot less than buying all the items mentioned in the song.
The annual Christmas Price Index compiled by PNC Wealth Management shows that to buy everything cited in the song would set the shopper back nearly $100,000.
The total cost of all of the 364 items repeated in the song's verses -- from 12 drummers drumming to a partridge in a pear tree -- works out to $96,824. That represents an increase of 10.8 percent over last year.
To buy just one of everything gets a little better at $23,439, or 9.2 percent more than last year.
The 27th annual holiday index has historically mirrored the national Consumer Price Index, but not this year. The PNC Christmas Price Index grew 9.2 percent from last year, compared with just a 1.1 percent increase in the much broader Consumer Price Index.