The traditional “12 Days of Christmas” items will set you back more than $40,000 this year. Labor costs for the maids a milking and the Lords a Leaping have gone way up since the minimum wage has gone up in several big cities across the country.

I wanted to create our own local version of this popular holiday song. Here’s our version:

On the first day of Christmas
my true love gave to me:
A pelican in a Pastry

On the second day of Christmas
my true love gave to me:
2 gator teeth
and a pelican in a pastry

On the third day of Christmas
my true love gave to me:
3 shrimp busters
2 gator teeth
and a pelican in a pastry

On the fourth day of Christmas
my true love gave to me:
4 Cajun daiquiris
3 shrimp busters
2 gator teeth
and a pelican in a pastry

On the fifth day of Christmas
my true love gave to me:
5 crawfish boils
4 Cajun daiquiris
3 shrimp busters
2 gator teeth
and a pelican in a pastry

On the sixth day of Christmas
my true love gave to me:
6 kings cakes
5 crawfish boils
4 Cajun daiquiris
3 shrimp busters
2 gator teeth
and a pelican in a pastry

On the seventh day of Christmas
my true love gave to me:
7 duck pond outings
6 tasty king cakes
5 crawfish boils
4 Cajun daiquiris
3 shrimp busters
2 gator teeth
and a pelican in a pastry

On the eighth day of Christmas
my true love gave to me:
8 boat ramps open
7 duck pond outings
6 tasty king cakes
5 crawfish boils
4 Cajun daiquiris
3 shrimp busters
2 gator teeth
and a pelican in a pastry

On the ninth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
9 jackpots winning
8 boat ramps open
7 duck pond outings
6 tasty king cakes
5 crawfish boils
4 Cajun daiquiris
3 shrimp busters
2 gator teeth
and a pelican in a pastry

On the tenth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
10 Great Raft cold ones
9 jackpots winning
8 boat ramps open
7 duck pond outings
6 tasty king cakes
5 crawfish boils
4 Cajun daiquiris
3 shrimp busters
2 gator teeth
and a pelican in a pastry

On the eleventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
11 pothole puddles
10 Great Raft cold ones
9 jackpots winning
8 boat ramps open
7 duck pond outings
6 tasty king cakes
5 crawfish boils
4 Cajun daiquiris
3 shrimp busters
2 gator teeth
and a pelican in a pastry

On the twelfth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me
a dozen roses blooming
11 pothole puddles
10 Great Raft cold ones
9 jackpots winning
8 boat ramps open
7 duck pond outings
6 tasty king cakes
5 crawfish boils
4 Cajun daiquiris
3 shrimp busters
2 gator teeth
and a pelican in a pastry

So how much will all this cost?  The roses are about $50. Pothole puddles are free. $30 should get your the beers. It might cost you a couple of hundred dollars to win 9 jackpots. The boat ramps and the duck pond outings are also free. $25 apiece should get you the king cakes. You can probably throw a good crawfish boil for $100 (so 5 would be $500). The daiquiris will run you $20 bucks. Herby K’s can hook you up with 3 shrimp busters for under $40. Gator teeth might be a little tricky to obtain. I’m gonna put a pricetag of $100 bucks on the gator teeth, but good luck getting them! Just to be clear, we’re not promoting consumption of pelican, but this would be an image of a pelican on a pastry. This will be cheap, about $5.

So our total cost for the Shreveport Bossier Version of the “12 Days of Christmas” is $1095.00! That’s much cheaper than the $40,000 from the original version!