12 December 2007

12 Days Till Christmas

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Christmas is only 12 days away after today. This fact got me thinking about the 12 Days of Christmas song. (The only good version of this song belongs to the Muppets and John Denver.) I've always assumed that the song refers to the 12 days before Christmas; however, it is actually an event that starts on Christmas Day and concludes through the morning of Epiphany on January the 6th. The link will take you to the Wikipedia entry for anyone who would like to read more. I found it interesting.

One thing that I did know about the 12 Days of Christmas song is that it is used as an economic indicator:

Since 1984, the cumulative costs of the items mentioned in the song have been used as a form of economic indicator. This custom began with and is maintained by PNC Bank. Two pricing charts are created, referred to as the "Christmas Price Index" and "The True Cost of Christmas." The “Christmas Price Index” is an index of the current costs of one set of each of the gifts given by the True Love to the singer of the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas." The “True Cost of Christmas” is the cumulative cost of all the gifts with the repetitions listed in the song.

Although initially intended as a amusing form of economic trivia, trends have emerged. The Christmas Price Index has often increased or decreased at a rate consistent with the other CPI - the Consumer Price Index, a widely followed measure of inflation produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The total costs of all goods and services for the 2007 "Christmas Price Index" is $19,507.19, an all-time high. The original 1984 cost was $12,371.36.[1] Over the last 22 years, the prices of services in general have increased, while the price of goods has decreased. In the 1984 Christmas Price Index, goods were by far the more expensive component of the index. Today, services are a much bigger piece of the Index. (Wikipedia)

Quiz Day: What Color Christmas Tree Should You Have?

You Should Have a Green Christmas Tree

For you, the holidays represent tradition and memories.
You tend to do things the same way each year. You find your holiday customs comforting.

You enjoy all of the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of Christmas.
You can't imagine getting any joy from an artificial tree.

Your green tree would look great with: Classic ornaments

You should spend Christmas Eve watching: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

What you should bake for Santa: A gingerbread house

2 comments:

Traivor said...

While I was hoping for a dead tree or possibly a forest fire, the quiz in fact recommended a green tree. Blah.

Anonymous said...

I have no idea how I got this one...
-E

You Should Have a White Christmas Tree
For you, the holidays represent joy and sprituality.
The true meaning of Christmas is important to you - even if you're not religious.

The holidays are a time of reflection for you.
You like to spend time thinking about what's important in life.

Your white tree would look great with: Bright, bold ornaments

You should spend Christmas Eve watching: The Nativity Story

What you should bake for Santa: Sugar cookies - served up with a tall glass of milk