SOUTHWEST FLORIDA - You've heard the song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas." It starts with the partridge in a pear tree, and ends with the twelve drummers drumming. We wanted to know how much it would cost to buy all of these gifts here in southwest Florida.
PNC Wealth Management released its annual list of how much it would cost to buy all 12 gifts in the song. The list came out to more than $25,000. We had to get a little creative with some of our gifts.
The song begins, "On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me a partridge in a pear tree." Partridges aren't native to Florida, but we found a parrot, or macaw. On average, that will cost you $500.
According to Riverland Nursery, pear trees do very poorly in Florida. But, if you still want one, a large pear tree costs $249.
Two turtle doves: For Southwest Florida White Doves to release two doves at your wedding, it would cost you $155.
Three french hens: They aren't French, but they're hens, and you can buy three at Alva Island Farm for $45.
Four calling birds: Birds like Parakeets will cost you $75 at Petland.
Five golden rings: At Dunkin's Diamonds, five gold rings will set you back about $3,700.
Six geese-a-laying: At Futral's Feed Store, geese are pretty popular this time of year, so they're out-of-stock until January. At $9.99 each, six would cost you about $60
Seven swans-a-swimming: We had a hard time finding seven swans a-swimming here in southwest Florida, but we found plenty of birds-a-swimming at Lakes Regional Park, and parking only costs $1 an hour.
Eight maids-a-milking: At Dakin Dairy Farms in the Bradenton area, eight milkers at $12.50 an hour would cost $100.
Nine ladies dancing: Dancers from the Gulfshore Ballet might cost $500 each, or $4,500 for all nine.
Ten lords-a-leaping: Likewise, ten male dancers may cost you $5,000.
Eleven pipers piping: Gulf Coast Symphony's Principal flutist says a typical performance has a price tag of $250. Multiplied that by eleven, and eleven pipers piping costs $2,750.
Twelve drummers drumming: A performance by the Symphony's principal timpanist runs $200. So, twelve drummers drumming costs $2,400.
If you wanted to buy all of the twelve gifts of Christmas for your true love, the grand total would be: $19,535!. And, if you really want to be technical and go through all twelve verses, you'd spend $77,942!