Friday, December 22, 2006

Lĭt / uh / ruh / sē Äw / fĭs

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Dec. 25: also A ‘ phabet Day
The Twelve Days of Christmas, a children's rhyme, was originally published in a book called Mirth without Mischief in London around 1780. Originally a memory and forfeit game, players gathered in a circle and each person took turns to say the first line of the rhyme, then the second line of the verse and so on. 100 years later, Lady Gomme adopted the rhyme so that "the whole family could have fun singing every twelfth night before Christmas before eating mince pies and twelfth cake".

What is the 'real' cost of "The 12 Days of Christmas?"
PNC Christmas Price Index. 2006 - a 3.1% increase
A Partridge in a Pear Tree: $144.99
-partridge: $15.00
–pear tree: $129.99
2 Turtle Doves: $40.00
3 French Hens: $45.00
4 Calling Birds: $479.96
5 Golden Rings: $325.00
6 Geese-a-Laying: $300.00
7 Swans-a-Swimming: $4,200.00
8 Maids-a-Milking: $41.20
9 Ladies Dancing: $4,759.19
10 Lords-a-Leaping: $4,160.25
11 Pipers Piping: $2,124.00
12 Drummers Drumming: $2,301.00
2006 Cost: $18,920.50 Cumulative Cost: $75,122.03
For a slideshow presentation, charts and graphs; visit:
the PNC Christmas Price Index, Provident Bank.


Sites of Interest . . . . Welcome to the 12 Days of Christmas created by the
students of the Withywood cluster of schools in Bristol. And, a couple of
silly versions on YouTube.






bhampromogrrrl's photos: Flickr.com





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