We are all familiar with the carol, "The Twelve Days of Christmas." Well it looks like you might have to get that "true love," something a little less over the top! Rocketing prices of partridges, pear trees and turtle doves have sent the cost of buying every item in the carol 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' soaring. The 364 items in the carol would cost $101,119  -- a 4.4 percent increase over last year, according to an annual US survey.

 

Here's the breakdown of each item according to USAToday;

Those with the money to spend would end up with 12 drummers drumming, 22 pipers piping, 30 lords-a-leaping, 36 ladies dancing, 40 maids-a-milking, 42 swans-a-swimming, 42 geese-a-laying, 40 gold rings, 36 calling birds, 30 French hens, 22 turtle doves, and 12 partridges in pear trees. (The price does not include bird maintenance.)

But buying just one set of each verse in the song will cost $24,263 this year — a somewhat moderate 3.5% rise.

Eleven pipers piping will set you back $2,427, but that's a relative bargain compared to seven swans-a-swimming, which cost $6,300. That's a 12.5% rise over last year.

Six items didn't go up in cost this year: French hens, calling birds, gold rings, maids-a-milking, ladies dancing and lords-a-leaping. Pipers piping and drummers drumming rose 3%. The partridge is still the cheapest item, at $15, and swans the most expensive.

So there it is folks, if you can afford it, I say "go for it!" But I'll just be happy sipping  hot chocolate in front of the fireplace enjoying my beautiful Christmas tree.  Merry Christmas!

Enjoy this rendition of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" featuring Kenny Rogers and members of his audience at his concert!