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Monday December 23, 2013 MYT 3:20:00 PM
Tuesday December 24, 2013 MYT 1:30:17 PM
by olivia lee
Want to show your true love the real spirit of Christmas? You can’t go wrong with 12 days of presents – and we’ve even done the maths. Get your credit card out. Let’s go for broke!
The 12 Days Of Christmas carol celebrates the joy of gift-giving from Boxing Day, Dec 26, to the Feast of the Epiphany, Jan 6. The song first appeared as a rhyme in a children’s book in 1780 before English composer Frederic Austin wrote the music for it in 1909. The song’s appeal comes from its list of extravagant gifts from a “true love”, and its repetitive structure that makes it a great sing-along. But according to America’s PNC Bank, which has been publishing its annual Christmas Price Index since 1984, the song’s haul of presents costs a whopping US$114,651 (RM373,475) in 2013, taking into account the entire value of the gifts as they’re repeated, bringing the complete set of items to 364. So, how much would 12 Days Of Christmas cost in Malaysia? Get your calculators ready!
"Nine ladies dancing"
The dancing girls stand for the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. While PNC uses the salary of the dancers of Philadelphia Dance Company, we asked a troupe of belly dancing ladies how much they charge. How about that?
Cost: RM800 per dancer for 10 minutes.
Cost over four days: RM28,800.
Contact: Sherlyn Koh of Sirocco Secrets Dance at 012-311 2277 or visit sherlyndance.com
The 10 lords equals the 10 commandments. Locally, we’ve approached The Dance Space where their skilled and versatile dancers can entertain your true love with either modern dance, tap, jazz, or even ballroom dancing moves. Pick a genre or two. They should be able to help you.
Cost: RM400 upwards.
Cost over three days: RM12,000.
"Eleven pipers piping"
Eleven pipers for 11 faithful disciples, but bagpipers are more fun don’t you think? Malaysia has a few bands that compete locally and internationally and are also available for hire. We found two that are able to supply enough pipers over the two days that they’re mentioned in the song.
Cost A: RM250 per piper (up to 12 pipers). Contact: Amirul Nazlan of Kuala Lumpur Pipes and Drums at 013-375 2281 or visit klpd.com.my
Cost B: RM400 per piper (up to 10 pipers). Contact: Roz Danial of St John Alumni Pipe Band at 012-386 3653 or visit sjapb.com
Cost over two days: RM7,000.
"Twelve drummers drumming"
Symbolically, the 12 drummers stand for the 12 points of belief in the Apostles' Creed. PNC sourced the going rate for pipes and drummers from a Pennsylvania musicians’ union but we’re using a quotation from the same guys who will be providing the bagpipers. They have awesome drummers as well.
Cost: RM250 per drummer.
Cost for one day: RM3,000.
Contact: Amirul Nazlan of Kuala Lumpur Pipes and Drums at 013-375 2281 or visit klpd.com.my
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