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And never was the shop busier than in the days before December 6, when the Dutch celebrate Saint Nicholas Day.
That night, the baker had a dream. He was a boy again, one in a crowd of happy children. And there in the midst of them was Saint Nicholas himself.
No matter how many presents Nicholas passed out, there were always more to give
I asked for a dozen. You have given me only twelve.
One Saint Nicholas Day morning, the baker was just ready for business, when the door of his shop flew open.
In great excitement, Van Amsterdam counted out twelve cookies—
In fact, Van Amsterdam grew so wealthy that the other bakers in town began doing the same.
She turned to go, but stopped at the door.
Van Amsterdam! However honest you may be, your heart is small and your fist is tight. Fall again, mount again, learn how to count again!
Finally, on the day before Saint Nicholas Day, not one customer came to Van Amsterdam’s shop.
At day’s end, the baker sat alone, staring at his unsold Saint Nicholas cookies.
Then Nicholas handed a gift to Van Amsterdam. It was one of the baker’s own Saint Nicholas cookies!
In this shop, from now on, a dozen is thirteen.
and one more.
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