The Morning Brew: What’s the Cost of the 12 Days of Christmas and Who’s President Again?

By Al Perrotta Published on December 20, 2021

Merry Monday!

Can you believe it’s Christmas week? 

The Cost of the 12 Days of Christmas

With inflation jumping at historic levels, you might be wondering what it’ll cost to hook your “true love” up these 12 Days of Christmas. Well, according to the Christmas Price Index, it’ll cost $41,205 to purchase the “partridge in a pair tree,” “eight maids a-milking” and all the rest this year.

That’s up 5.7% from $38,994 in 2019. The biggest jump since 2013.

Exotic pets, performers and golden rings showed the biggest jump, according to Amanda Agati of PNC bank. For example, reports CNBC, “Prices for six geese-a-laying, two turtle doves and three French hens are up 57.1%, 50% and 40.5%.” PNC blamed “volatility in the markets.”

The most expensive item on the list? The Seven Swans-a-Swimming, which will run you around $13,125.

Partridge in a Pear Tree: $222.68
Two Turtle Doves: $450
Three French Hens: $255
Four Calling Birds: $599.96
Five Golden Rings: $895
Six Geese-a-Laying: $660
Seven Swans-a-Swimming: $13,125
Eight Maids-a-Milking: $58
Nine Ladies Dancing: $7,552.84
Ten Lords-a-Leeping: $11,260
Eleven Pipers Piping: $2,943.93
Twelve Drummers Drumming: $3,183.17

Oops. A Bad Tweet Comes Back to Haunt Joe

Joe Biden’s being visited by the Ghost of Tweets Past. 

And the Ghost of Campaign Promises Past.

More people have died of COVID during his presidency than during 2020. He now predicts a dark winter of “severe illness and death” from COVID. By his own standards, Biden should not remain president. 

Then again, maybe he already isn’t. On Friday Biden referred to Kamala Harris as “President Harris.”  Yet again.

Harris Gets Offended When Asked Whose President … 

Biden’s not the only one unsure who’s president. Charlamagne Tha God asked Harris the other day, “Who’s the real president of this country?”  The media personality was talking about how Sen. Joe Manchin seems to be controlling things in DC more than Joe Biden. A Harris aide tried to cut off the interview, pretending Harris couldn’t hear. Charlamagne the God wasn’t playing. “She can hear me,” and pressed the question.

“So who’s the real president of this country? “Is it Joe Manchin or Joe Biden, Madam Vice President?”

“It’s Joe Biden.”

“I really — I can’t tell sometimes,” he responded.

Harris blew up. “No, no, no, no, no, no, no. No. It’s Joe Biden. And don’t start talking like a Republican about asking whether or not he’s president. … And it’s Joe Biden, it’s Joe Biden, and it’s Joe Biden. And I’m vice president and my name is Kamala Harris.”

She then launched into a defense of the administration’s efforts.

Watch below. She’s losing it with a guy who is friendly to the administration. Hostile, defensive, insecure. Exactly what former staffers report, and why they are fleeing her staff like deer from a wildfire. 

Charlamagne Tha God may have had a point, though. Manchin just torpedoed Biden’s agenda. 

Sen. Manchin Dooms Biden’s $1.7 Trillion “Build Back Better” Boondoggle

Sen. Joe Manchin struck what could be a mortal blow to Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” multi-trillion “investment” bill Sunday. “I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation,” Manchin told Fox News Sunday. “I just can’t. I have tried everything humanly possible.”

Manchin cited inflation, the nation’s current $29 trillion debt, “geopolitical unrest” and the impact the Omicron variant may have on the economy. 

The White House responded bitterly, with Jen Psaki blasting what it called Manchin’s “sudden and inexplicable reversal of his position.” As if Manchin hadn’t been spending months saying what Biden (and AOC and Sanders) wanted was a no-go.

Naturally, the liberal world lost their eggnog at the news, upset that Manchin had the nerve to defy the progressive collective, and decide for himself was best for the nation and his West Virginia constituents. Don’t sweat it, Senator. When Ilhan Omar is ticked at you, you’ve had a good day at the office. And it’s a good day for America.

CNN Shuts Offices

Doing their part in pushing the new COVID panic, CNN announced they’re shutting down their offices to anyone but those who can’t work from home.

Children are more in danger from CNN producers than they are COVID.  Think about it. Who would you rather have in a room with your child? Someone who tests positive for Omicron or someone with a CNN producers badge? 

Nick Sandmann Settles with NBC

St. Nick has already been good to Nick. Nicholas Sandmann confirmed NBC has settled his defamation lawsuit. The terms were not announced. This makes NBC the third media outlet to settle with the Kentucky teen after their false and slanderous accusations he had harassed a Native American man after 2019’s March for Life.

Video proved that it was the Native American activist Nathan Phillips who accosted Sandmann and his classmates, banging a drum in their face.

A Christmas Miracle? Former Tabloid Fixture Donald Trump Speaks at Christmas Service

Imagine writing this line in 2011: “Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States, spoke in a Christmas service at First Baptist Dallas on Sunday, delivering a faith-filled Christmas message.”

Yes, Trump spoke yesterday at First Baptist Dallas. And yes, we’ve gotten used to Trump showing up at churches and being friends with Christian leaders, including our own James Robison. But ponder for a second who we’re talking about. Ten years ago, when Trump was the brash billionaire real-estate mogul, host of The Apprentice, with decades of tabloid stories under his belt, would anybody have imagined yesterday’s scene? Yesterday’s message? Saying “America needs a savior, and it’s not me.” No. No way. And that is why we pray for the lost. And believe in Christmas miracles.


Along The Stream

Susie Larson kicks off this Christmas Week with “An Unexpected Savior.” Jesus surprised the world then. He surprises still today. 

Janet Boyles offers hope for the hurting, with “Christmas in Recovery.”

And Mary Margaret Olohan offers a reminder of what Christ’s work on earth looks like with “Mary’s Shelter and the ‘Angel’: A Story of Pregnant Women in Crisis and the Pro-Life Maternity Home That Shelters Them.”



Al Perrotta is the Managing Editor of The Stream, chief barista for The Morning Brew and co-author, with John Zmirak, of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Immigration. You can follow him at @StreamingAl at GabParler, MeWe and now GETTR. His Christmas single, “A Father’s Love (Joseph’s Song)” is now available! Check it out!

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