It was only after I started to read, I discovered how far off I was. Around Christmas time, it is possible to find the current cost of giving the 12 days worth of gifts.
This year, I managed to find a wonderful article in Forbes which included the increase or decrease for each item. According to the article, published in November, it will cost $39,094.93 to buy all these gifts. This is an increase of $450 over last year which comes out to a 1.2% increase.
The list, including increases is:
- 1 Partridge in a Pear Tree: $220.13 (+.1%)
- 2 Turtledoves: $375.00 (no change)
- 3 French Hens: $181.50 (no change)
- 4 Calling Birds: $599.96 (no change)
- 5 Gold Rings: $750.00 (-9.1%)
- 6 Geese-a-Laying: $390.00 (+8.3%)
- 7 Swans-a-Swimming: $13,125.00 (no change)
- 8 Maids-a-Milking: $58.00 (no change)
- 9 Ladies Dancing: $7,552.84 (no change)
- 10 Lords-a-Leaping: $10,000 (+3.0%)
- 11 Pipers Piping: $2,808.40 (+3.5%)
- 12 Drummers Drumming: $3,038.10 (+3.5%)
Their list is done for each item with a infographic like graphic for each item along with the percent change. Furthermore at the bottom of the webpage is a graph showing the increase of the cost, year by year, beginning in 1984. This is a great graphic to read and interpret.
In addition, at the bottom of the page is a 12 page activity guide with everything needed to teach lessons on this topic. The activity includes reading data, estimating, graphing, and requires students to explain their rationale for certain things.
I know what I'll be doing next week on the last couple of days before holidays. Let me know what you think, I'd love to hear. Have a great day.