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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