This year for the first time, the cost of the gifts given by very generous True Love to the singer of the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” totaled more than $100,000, signaling that True Love is either very well off and unaffected by the recession or has maxed out his credit cards and is in need of counseling.
With the total coming in at $101,119.84 for all 364 gifts, a 4.4% increase over Christmas 2010, the gifts cost the most they ever have, according to figures released by PNC Wealth Management.
If True Love has been high-tech with his shopping and done it all on the Internet this year instead of ferreting out the best deals by buying locally, he has been even more extravagant; Web-based shopping, instead of being a bargain, has resulted in additional charges for shipping, handling, and who knows what that upped the price by more than $73,000, resulting in a total bill of $174,382.93. No bargain hunting for him!
Swans, you may remember from last year, tend to display a distinct tendency toward price volatility. This year is no different, with the cost for seven of them rising by 12.5% to $6,300. Last year they were up by 6.5% over 2009, so they’re getting really pricey. Birds in general were iffy, with demand for some falling while others rose in popularity.