I was angry. How dare she show her face in my shop after all the bad luck she sent my way? I cursed her soundly and showed her the door. Things became worse for me then. My bread soured, and my olykoeks donuts were a disgrace. Every cake I made collapsed as soon as it came out of the oven, and my gingerbread children and my cookies lost their flavor.
Word was getting around that my bake-shop was no good, and one by one, my customers were falling away. I was angry now, and stubborn. No witch was going to defeat me. After that day, everything I baked was either burnt or soggy, too light or too heavy.
My customers began to avoid my cursed shop, even those who had come to me every day for years. Finally, my family and I were the only ones eating my baking, and my money was running out. I was desperate. Then I trudged wearily back to my empty shop, wondering what to do. I stirred up a batch of Saint Nicholas cookies and put them into the oven to bake, wondering how this lot would turn out. Too much cinnamon?
Too little? To my surprise, they came out perfectly. I frosted them carefully, and put my first successful baking in weeks onto a tray where they could be seen through the window. When I looked up, Sinterklaas Saint Nicholas was standing in front of me. I knew him at once, this patron Saint of merchants, sailors, and children.
But the white beard and the kindly eyes were the same. I was trembling so much my legs would not hold me, so I sat down on a stool and looked up at the Saint standing so near I could have touched him. His eyes regarded me with such sadness it made me want to weep.
God, in his mercy, has been generous to us, and we should be generous to those around us. Then he was gone. A moment later, I heard the shop door open, and footsteps approached the counter.
Twelve is convenient because it has the most divisors of any number under The use of twelve as a base number, known as the duodecimal system also as dozenal , originated in Mesopotamia see also sexagesimal. This could come from counting on one's fingers by counting each finger bone with one's thumb. A great hundred , also known as a small gross , is or ten dozen. A baker's dozen, also known as a big or long dozen, is Varying by country, some products are packaged or sold by the dozen, often foodstuff a dozen eggs.
Dozen may also be used to express a large quantity as in "several dozen" e. These French words have synonymous cognates in Spanish : docena ,    quincena , veintena , centena , etc. A confusion may arise with the Anglo-Norman dizeyne French dixaine or dizaine a tithing, or group of ten households  — dating from the late Anglo-Saxon system of grouping households into tens and hundreds for the purposes of law, order and mutual surety see Tithing.
In some texts this 'dizeyne' may be rendered as 'dozen'.
A baker's dozen, devil's dozen, long dozen, or long measure is 13 , one more than a standard dozen. The broadest use of baker's dozen today is simply a group of thirteen objects often baked goods.
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