Beanery Online Literary Magazine

December 24, 2007

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS 2007-B

According to the PNC press release announcing what the “true love” pays to purchase all the gifts on his Christmas list (as laid out in the song, “The 12 Days of Christmas”), the total cost can be calculated four different ways: the purchase of one set of items for each day (77 items) or “True Cost of Christmas,” the total cost of items gifted by a True Love who repeats the gift-giving in all of the song’s verses (364 items), for both traditional and Internet shopping.

2007 is the twenty-third year the gift costs have been calculated by PNC. The gift prices rose 3.1 percent above what they cost in 2006. This mirrors the U.S. government’s Consumer Price Index (a widely used measure of inflation calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics), up 3.5 percent so far this year.

“Each year, the Christmas Price Index reflects trends in the broader economy,” (more…)

December 23, 2007

THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS 2007-A

—written by Carolyn C. Holland

Most people assume that the song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” is secular music. They are surprised to learn it was written for religions reasons.

There was a period in England, circa 1558-1829, when it was a crime to be a Catholic, and the law banned them from any private or public practice of their faith. (more…)