Maids a-milking finally received a raise this year and gold prices jumped, a combination that made it more costly than ever to bestow the elaborate set of gifts from the classic holiday carol "The 12 Days of Christmas."
This year, the song's true love would spend $19,507 to give every whimsy on the 12th day -- from the partridge in a pear tree to the 12 drummers drumming -- according to the holiday index tabulated by PNC Wealth Management in Pittsburgh.
That is up 3.1 percent over the cost of last year's gift package, said James P. Dunigan, the company's managing executive for investments.
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