The Actual Cost of the 12 Days of Christmas

The Actual Cost of the 12 Days of Christmas

What is the Actual Cost of the 12 Days of Christmas anyway?

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I was reading the 12 Days of Christmas to my son the other day when I started thinking about how expensive the 12 days must have been.  I mean think about it.  You wouldn’t be buying 1 of each thing on each day, you are buying everything repeatedly as the days progress.  Whoever thought that would be a good idea did not have an accountant!

The Actual Cost of the 12 Days of Christmas is extremely dollar foolish.  Really, when you look at the numbers on a spreadsheet (see below to download) this gentleman bought so many things on the wrong days.  At the rate of purchase he was going for he’d have to buy 42 of the most expensive thing on the list, the Swan.

The Actual Cost of the 12 Days of Christmas

If by chance this gentleman spoke with an accountant that specialist might tell him, “Well why not buy the swan on Day… This simple act would save you nearly $40,000 on your overall pursuit of the 12 days of Christmas.”

Certainly this gentleman has some money to blow and he didn’t itemize the purchases accord to fiscal responsibility.  In the spreadsheet you will find that this gentleman could have saved more than half of the actual cost of the 12 Days of Christmas, had he appropriated the gifts according to their volume of purchase and dollar value.  He probably could have 15% or more on car insurance in the process.

Merry Christmas!

Well, with all jokes aside, please remember the true spirit of why we celebrate Christmas.  It is not to eat tons of food, lavishly shower our loved ones with gifts and fall asleep on the couch at 2PM.  It is a day to rejoice and honor the birth of Jesus Christ.  Sure you can sugar coat that with gifts for your loved ones, but instead why not say a prayer for those in need and be thankful we have someone looking out for us, regardless of our 12 days of Christmas budget.

From my family to yours, Merry Christmas!

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Blake Rudis
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33 Comments

  1. Merry christmas and happy new year to you and yours!
    Love the christmas card!
    Thank you for your tutorials, I am learning very much and enjoying it.
    Vicki p

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    • Thanks Vicki! Merry Christmas to you as well!

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  2. Nice video and explanation of the real cost of the 12 Days of Christmas, boy. I bet it took a significant amount of time to produce it. Does your boss know you spent company time creating this?
    I especially liked how you kept Christ in Christmas:)
    Here’s another book you can read to your kids, “How To Find A Job After Your Boss Fires You For Not Doing Your Work!

    See you soon

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    • My boss thoroughly enjoys his employees exploring their creative ambition. It supports a thriving work environment focused around my boss investing in me and therefore me investing more for my boss. It is a rather infectious way to spread company loyalty and foster a work environment free of plots and misguided agendas. You should try it sometime 🙂

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  3. Merry Christmas to you and your family. As a veteran I appreciate your loyalty and concern for those protecting us.

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    • Thank you, Vince! Merry Christmas to you and yours as well!

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  4. Blake, you have way too much time on your hands. lol

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    • My Dad said the same thing! I just needed to spend some time in another department for a few hours. It was nice to break away for a change and do something outside the box. My boss is okay with it!

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  5. LOL…You’ve outdone yourself! Enjoyed your Christmas message. A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.

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    • 🙂 Thanks! Merry Christmas to you as well!

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  6. Enjoyed your holiday message. You’ve outdone yourself! A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family

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  7. LOL!! Did you have a lot of time on your hands? Very interesting scenario…

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  8. Hi Blake. only you would think of doing this! Great job.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family. I loved your card…what a lovely family.

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    • Haha! Yeah, sometimes I think too hard about things. That’s the OCD in me!

      Merry Christmas to you and your family as well!

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  9. Seems like someone has started in on the Eggnog early this year. 🙂

    Thank you for all the hard work you put in to keep us all educated and entertained over the past year, Blake, you are a top bloke.

    A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to yourself and your family too.
    And to all the HDR members, Everyday and Insider.

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    • Haha! yep, the eggnog is good!

      You re quite welcome. I sincerely appreciate your efforts to keep the Facebook page engaging with all of your wonderful assignments from week to week. It is a lot of fun!

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you as well my friend!

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  10. My vote is 78 including the Pear Tree is 79. The song verses repeats what was given the day/s before. One Partriage is given day one. Two Turtle Doves given on day two. Three French Hens day three, etc. The song merely repeats what was given on the previous day, which would total 79 items including the Pear Tree.

    WikiPedia – “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is a cumulative song, meaning that each verse is built on top of the previous verses. There are twelve verses, each describing a gift given by “my true love” on one of the twelve days of Christmas.”

    None the less, interesting Excel analysis.

    Merry Christmas! and Happy 2016 all year.

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    • That is true if it were a cumulative song. However, if you take the story literally, then he is buying all of those items repeatedly. My assumption is that he is royalty and money is not an issue! Regardless, it would behoove him to purchase the Swans on day 1 those things are expensive no matter where you go!

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  11. Hope You and yours also enjoy a wonderful Holiday Season.

    A very strong Thank You for all of the obvious effort that you put in all of your projects, tips, tutorials and comments. The education is there, it is just the challenge to try to keep up with all the information you provide.
    Thanks again and have and enjoy a wonderful family time.

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    • Thank you, my friend! I do put out a lot of content. I have trouble keeping up sometimes as well. I just learn so much from week to week and I can’t keep it all in!

      Have a Merry Christmas with your family as well!

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  12. You have a good boss and your head on straight, despite your imagination. Merry Christmas and a prosperous, blessed 2016.

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  13. Thank you Blake for your caring and sharing throughout 2015 and look forward to it all again next year. Merry Christmas and a safe one to you and your family. Best regards Julie

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  14. Very cute! Merry Christmas to you and yours. 🙂

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  15. Hi Blake, when I started watching this video, seeing you in the Santa hat, it made me think about my recent comment about your ‘selfies’. No offence meant but it did make me giggle to myself a little.

    Anyway, as an HDR Insider member of just a few months, I would like to say thank you for being the one to give me some direction with my photography hobby, in particular the editing of photos.

    I also wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year

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  16. Blake, you are a different kind of guy! This conversation and research is unreal. Who would think to do this? I commend you for your interest in the 12 days of Christmas. God bless you. On the serious side, I have enjoyed your tutorials and continue to look forward to them next year. Thanks for including the real reason for the season, Jesus Christ. God bless you!

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  17. Blake, thank you for all your help in 2015. I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year that will bring you prosperity and all you wish for…

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  18. Love the 12 days of Christmas! As for the Swans….I am a wildlife Rehabilitator and we have many swans that can be adopted at our rescue for a mere $250.00. That would be even more conservative on the swan purchase!
    Love the card! Merry Christmas you you and yours!’

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  19. Great stuff. Very funny and delivered in your usual teaching style, it certainly brought a big smile from this side of the pond.
    As for the onesie suits, I am sure you will all turn a few heads doing the weekly shopping in the mall! Have a great time over Christmas.

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  20. Blake, you are just TOO funny. Love your real tutorials. And this just really tickled me. Will have to share it with my Excel spreadsheet obsessed son! Hope you and your family have a very Blessed Christmas.

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  21. Blake, I loved your weird card. Ha! Have a beautiful Christmas or whatever you celebrate, with your family and loved ones. 🙂

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    • We are a Christmas crew, through and through!

      Have a very Merry Christmas!

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  22. “So, Blake, what did you do on your Christmas holiday?”

    “A cost analysis of the 12 Days of Christmas.”

    LOL

    This is so cute!!!! Thank you for the great analysis video! And, a great big ol’ MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!

    Su

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    • 😁 that’s about right, haha. I love that kind of stuff. Have a Merry Christmas!

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