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The Twelve Days of Christmas (How Much Would it Cost)

Updated on November 28, 2008

How much Would it Cost?

The Twelve Days of Christmas

We all know the famous Christmas love song, The Twelve Days of Christmas, Where the Beau tries to win the heart of his sweetheart, by presenting her with different gifts for each of the twelve festive days.

I have often thought that this guy must be missing a brain cell or two, or that he had so much money that he could afford such frivolity.

Then another thought came to me, if I were to do the same thing for my wife this year and present her with the same twelve gifts, how much money would it actually cost to pull off this romantic stunt. After some research on the Internet I have came up with two totals one for the real thing and the other for jewellery or ornaments representing the famous gifts.

The Ornamental Gifts

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Partridge in a Pear Tree Two Turtle doves.Three French Hens
Partridge in a Pear Tree
Partridge in a Pear Tree
Two Turtle doves.
Two Turtle doves.
Three French Hens
Three French Hens

The Twelve Days of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me a partridge in a pear tree.

I found a Partridge in a Pear Tree Ornament online at a very good price,

$7.50 was a snip (picture).

I could buy a live partridge online for $25.00 and a live pear tree for around $15.00

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me Two Turtle doves.

I found a single turtledove ornament (pictured) online for $8.00 I wanted two so that came to a total of $16.00.

Finding live turtle doves was quite an easy task online and a pair of them worked out at the exact same price as the ornamental birds $16.00 the pair.

On the third day of Christmas my true love sent to me Three French Hens

The three French hens ornament (pictured) was a snip at $20.00 and after a little searching I eventually found three live French hens on sale at a reasonable $45.00.

Ornamental Gifts

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Four Colly Birds5 gold ringssix geese a laying
Four Colly Birds
Four Colly Birds
5 gold rings
5 gold rings
six geese a laying
six geese a laying

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love sent to me Four Calling Birds

The original lyrics of the song actually read "Four Colly birds" Colly means black therefore four black birds is what I looked for.

The one pictured would cost $5.00 meaning it would cost $20.00 for four of them.

I couldn't find anywhere that sold live blackbirds online but you could try to lure them into your home with some bird seeds or even some bread.

cost $1.00.

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love sent to me Five Gold Rings

Pay a visit to any Dollar store and you will be able to get your hands on five plastic gold covered rings (pictured), the usually come in packs of between five and ten. Cost $1.00

Sticking to a budget you could opt for nine carat gold rings, which you can pick up for as little as $25.00 each 5 would total $125.00

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love sent to me Six Geese a Laying.

This proved to be the most difficult ornament to find and I couldn't find one that was cheaper than this at $500.00 you would need to have more money than sense to buy it.

I found some geese online (Chinese Exhibition Geese) at $80.00 a head the total came to $ 480.00

Ornamental Gifts

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Seven Swans a SwimmingEight Maids a milking.Nine ladies Dancing
Seven Swans a Swimming
Seven Swans a Swimming
Eight Maids a milking.
Eight Maids a milking.
Nine ladies Dancing
Nine ladies Dancing

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me Seven Swans a Swimming

I found this plate online (pictured) that depicts seven swans a swimming it is on sale at the moment reduced from $38.00 to $18.00.

Where I live in the UK it is illegal to own a swan they are a protected species and can only be owned by the Queen.

If the law is different where you live perhaps you could find a price and post it in the comments box below.

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love sent to me Eight Maids a milking.

Unfortunately I couldn't find an ornament for eight maids a milking but I found the Christmas card pictured, priced at $2.00.

In Europe it is illegal to milk a cow by hand these days, I am not sure if it is the same in the USA , for the purpose of the song though you would need to buy

Eight milking machines at a total price of $3200 and hire eight Maids separately at $ 15.00 an hour each for one hour the total would be $120.00

Total for machines and maids would be $3320.00

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me Nine ladies Dancing

I found these Christmas lights on line that represent Nine Ladies Dancing at $120.00 they would make an ideal decoration for any home.

From lap dancers to ballroom dancers you would be able to find a dance troupe willing to help you out in your quest for a small fee of course. Expect it to cost around $5000.00

Ornamental Gifts

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Ten Lords a LeapingEleven Pipers PipingTwelve Drummers Drumming
Ten Lords a Leaping
Ten Lords a Leaping
Eleven Pipers Piping
Eleven Pipers Piping
Twelve Drummers Drumming
Twelve Drummers Drumming

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me Ten Lords a Leaping.

If you like the plate pictured right you can buy it online for only $60.00 but I am afraid you will have to shell out a little bit more to hire ten real lords of the realm.

Although a lord of the realm may be worth millions they still like to make a little money on the side by making after dinner speeches, the going rate for this service is $20,000 if you hire ten after dinner speeches from ten different lords maybe, just maybe you could get them drunk and have them leaping all over the room, at $200,000 you deserve to get what you paid for.

On the eleventh day of Christmas my truelove gave to me Eleven Pipers Piping.

The eleven pipers plate pictured would cost $27.00 to buy online

To hire a eleven pipers whether they are flutists or bagpipers would cost you around $200.00 each total cost $2200.00.

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me Twelve Drummers Drumming

The Christmas lights of twelve drummers would cost you in the region of $300.00.

Drummers are plentiful in the real world and you could easily hire one for $50.00 a night multiply that by 12 and your twelve drummers would cost $600.00.

Gifts total cost



And there we have it ornamental presents would be the best way to go if I was planning the gifts for my wife but even then I would be stretching my budget well over the limit.


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    • hiraroomi profile image

      Hira Roomi 

      6 years ago from Chicago IL

      Great hub

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      Theresa Ventu 

      6 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Funny hub but I would like to receive it... lol! Hopefully a bigger love in return specially for the real live gifts.

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      Penelope Hart 

      6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Should get an accolade for its own category Original and a lot of fun, thanks!! Pinning and voting and making it sing.

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      7 years ago from North Dakota, USA

      Awesome, truly awesome.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hate to say this but ... Only a Scot would think about writing a hub like this....Brilliant!

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      8 years ago

      jimmy ur the best u made me finish my home work in seconds when it seemd hard so bless u and thank u times a million!!!!!!!!!

      from,emergancy room

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      8 years ago

      Thank you so much ! i had a project on this (n)

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      8 years ago

      ok i found swans online for sale at a price of fifty dollars(us)

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      9 years ago

      this site is very weird.!!

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      9 years ago

      cool web site used it for my home work lol the prices are well deer u should of woprked em out in englishes money to

      £££££££££££££££££££ ENGLAND £££££££££££££££££ ENGLAND £££££

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      10 years ago from Denmark

      I'm really amazed, it is very romantic and very practical at the same time, bravo ;)

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      10 years ago

      that is very pretty

    • jimmythejock profile imageAUTHOR

      James Paterson 

      10 years ago from Scotland

      LOL, Ripplemaker paper may be cheaper, but my paper folding skills are really bad, the best I can do is a paper airplane.....jimmy

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      You had me laughing Jimmy. :) LOL Hmmm I think I will stick to origami. Paper is cheaper too. Hahahah

    • jimmythejock profile imageAUTHOR

      James Paterson 

      10 years ago from Scotland

      Thankyou for stopping by Gods Child and for your comment, I really enjoyed the writing and research for this hub.....jimmy

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      Gods Child 

      10 years ago from New Orleans, La

      I love it. Too bad I can't afford to do it. Oh, wait, I do not have to because I don't have a true love at the moment. I really like the analogy of Jesus as the partridge in the pear tree. Thank you.

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      11 years ago

      I thought this article very clever and how romantic!! to go to all that trouble!

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      Jerrico Usher 

      11 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      nah he was innovating, but good point lol

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      11 years ago

      wait wait wait, jimmy...

      didn't you realise that the song repeats all those choruses because each day he gave her all that stuff?

      i mean, listen tot he words of the song: on the twefth day of christmas, my true love gave to me etc etc AND A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE.

      buddy, buddy, buddy.... that means TWELVE partridges in TWELVE pear trees [one for each of 12 days], TWENTY-TWO turtle doves [two doves for each of 11 days], THIRTY french hens [3 for each of 10 days] ... you need to get back to that drawing board and recalculate... and i hope you has a sharp pencil.

      so your original budget is shot, dude, and the cleanup [and catering] is gonna be through the roof.

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      Athlyn Green 

      11 years ago from West Kootenays

      Interesting Hub, Jimmy. I always got a bang out of this song and figure the author did it tongue in cheek.

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      Isabella Snow 

      11 years ago

      LOL, very clever Jimmy!

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      Len Deming 

      11 years ago

      Interesting but it has always been my understanding that the original lyrics were "4 colin birds," a "colin" being a species of North American Bobwhite.

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      11 years ago from California

      Great hub! And after a bit of online (=google) research, it appears that Petco can special order a yellow-headed black bird for $149. So four would put you back $596. Or you could always just catch a few crows, and with 4 you would certainly have a murder!

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      Peter M. Lopez 

      11 years ago from Sweetwater, TX

      This IS good. Great stuff. I'm jealous I didn't think to do something like this.

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      11 years ago from London

      The partridge in a pear tree is Christ Jesus upon the Cross. In the song, Christ is symbolically presented as a mother partridge because she would feign injury to decoy a predator away from her nestlings. She was even willing to die for them. The tree is the symbol of the fall of the human race through the sin of Adam and Eve. It is also the symbol of its redemption by Jesus Christ on the tree of the Cross.

      Just some info i found

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Extremely brilliant Hub! The conversation thread it's generating is quite fine as well. :)

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      11 years ago from London

      a really great hub, has this been dugg? it would do well

      Merry Christmas fellow Brit

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      Jerrico Usher 

      11 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Dude you rock, I'm always looking for a cleaver Romantic gesture and yet never thought about doing this! But being the innovator I am I would like to rebuild the song and yet keep to the theme i.e. make new products that more modernly reflect what the symbols meant in the song.. and the song was symbolic believe it or not.. so it would be interresting (here's a project for you by the way) to discover what exactly each component in the song stood for why the artist used those particular gifts and so on.. then one could figure out easier how to generate a personal song that means more to their beloved but keeps with the theme and song "sound" and feel.. Also I wanted to mention that one year a while back a girlfriend of mine has a box of chocholates shaped like a house with 12 doors each holding a chocholate for each of the 12 days of christmas and you were supposed to pass them out (more than one piece per day but wrapping foil was embedded with ie 5 golden rings picture and so on)..

      You've motivated me to write some blogs on romance, I've got so many on love when I launch I thought romance how to's would be a valuable hub as everyone needs alittle help in this department.. I always love reading others ideas too..

      thanx for the great hub.. have a great christmas holliday! (everyone)


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      11 years ago from Riverside County, California

      Dude, you crack me up!!!!!!!

    • jimmythejock profile imageAUTHOR

      James Paterson 

      11 years ago from Scotland

      Thanks everyone, I enjoyed the research and writing of this hub,merry Christmas and a happy new year when it comes........jimmy

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      Tony T 

      11 years ago from London UK

      Great Hub:) and as Live longer said, clever analysis:)

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      Zsuzsy Bee 

      11 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      *Common Jimmy*, world famous 'Huber' that you are, don't even think of getting away with the ornamental version, the real deal is the least you can do. Then you also forgot to add the wages for the clean up crew...there will be a hallelujah mess from all those birds and geese and cows (they can leave good sized plops behind) etc. Oh! Another thing food for the party for all those frolickers, but most of all earplugs heavy-duty earplugs. Seriously eleven pipers, twelve drummers...Hope you have happy neighbors.

      Fun HUB Sir! Very funny! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      11 years ago from Antioch, TN

      Swans from a breeder are about six hundred dollars, by the way.  At least, that's the ballpark I've found. That's 600 bucks PER swan. :P 

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      Eileen Hughes 

      11 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Oh Boy the things we do for love. And gee it must have taken a lot of work and time. Brilliant hub Must be the best one around

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      Stacie Naczelnik 

      11 years ago from Seattle

      That is some pricey romance.

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      James Paterson 

      11 years ago from Scotland

      Thanks Livelonger, the idea struck me today when I heard Robert singing the song, my mind went into overdrive,lol,.....jimmy

      thank you too Earth angel, and blessings to you too.....jimmy

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      Earth Angel 

      11 years ago

      Jimmy, I would say your Tutu is on too tight but this is just about the BEST and MOST ORIGINAL Hub!! I laughed my fool head off!! With your permission I will send your Hub off to many a husband who is still procrastinating!! Thank you so much dear soul!! Blessings to you and yours!! Earth Angel!! P.S. Yes, I thought the Six Geese a Laying, in photos, might be a bit much on this family friendly site!! ;-)

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      Jason Menayan 

      11 years ago from San Francisco

      This is so cool! What a clever analysis!


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