Site of the Day for Friday, December 17, 2004 Twelve Days of Christmas - Price Index Today's site, perhaps unsurprisingly, comes from an American bank. Since the publication of Dickens' classic Christmas fable, "A Christmas Carol", accountants and their counting houses have had a small but distinct presence in the Yuletide season. Gentle Subscribers will discover this web page spotlights a fascinating and amusing financial analysis of the gifts bestowed, in that favorite holiday song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas". "Every year since 1984, PNC Advisors has provided a tongue-in-cheek economic analysis, based on the cost of goods and services purchased by the True Love in the holiday classic, 'The Twelve Days of Christmas'.=94 - from the website The web page charts the "Christmas Price Index" of all the items given as gifts in the song -- from the partridge in a pear tree -- the tree and the partridge calculated separately for an accurate breakdown of costs, to the current price of a piper's services. It notes that some unions have been successful in negotiating satisfactory wage increases for their more skilled members, thereby escalating the cost of these specialized services, while workers in automated sectors, such as the dairy industry, have had a less happy wage history. There are some interesting surprises, as decreases in prices for some commodities have made a number of items a "best buy". A graphical chart helpfully delineates the rise and sometimes, fall in prices, over the past twenty years. Leap over to the web page for an engaging financial perspective on "The Twelve Days of Christmas" at: http://www.pncbank.com/12days A.M. Holm <admin-sotd@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> Manage your subscription and view the List archives on the web at: <http://www.freelists.org/cgi-bin/webpage?webpage_id=3Dsotd> and <http://www.freelists.org/archives/sotd> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ UNSUBSCRIBE by sending a blank email to sotd-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with unsubscribe in the Subject field.