Our friends at VocalEssence, with help from Target, are ringing in the season with a new take on an old carol:
Twelve trucks a-towing,
Eleven plastic Santas,
Ten thousand lakes,
Nine warming houses,
Eight skaters skating,
Seven Snoopy statues,
Six loons a-laying,
Five hours of sun,
Four Fargo jokes,
Three salt bags,
Two "ya, you betchas,"
and a giant cherry on a huge spoon!
BTW, Philip Brunelle and VocalEssence join Kerri Miller December 2nd at 10a on MPR News. They'll broadcast from the Maud Moon Weyerhaueser Studio with a sneak preview of their "Welcome Christmas" concerts which begin this Sunday. And I'll be doing pre-concert conversations with this years' carol contest winners before the Welcome Christmas concerts on December 6 and 13. And of course we'll broadcast our annual Welcome Christmas holiday special on Classical MPR December 16 at 7pm. But if you want to listen early, it's already online here.
Meanwhile, the CPI is out: the Christmas Price Index.
Each year PNC Wealth Management tallies up the price all the items in the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas." This year, the bad economy is good news for your true love; the Christmas Price Index increased by a modest 1.8% compared to last year.
The Partridge in a Pear Tree is down 27% percent to $159.99.
Six Geese-a-Laying are down a sizable 38% percent at $150.00.
Four Calling Birds were unchanged, while Three French Hens gained 50%.
The eight Maids-a-Milking received an automatic raise for the third straight year due to another increase in the federal minimum wage.
Rising unemployment held wages steady for Drummers Drumming, Pipers Piping, and Lords-a-Leaping, while Ladies Dancing increased 15% percent to $5,473.07.
The sharp rise in gold prices pushed Five Gold Rings up 43% to $499.95.
This year, buying everything in "The Twelve Days of Christmas" carol will cost you $21,465.56, just $385.46 more than last year.
You can read the details, and download the complete spreadsheet, here.