Once upon a time, there was a fairy godfather. He was just an ordinary guy like you or me (if you're a guy, and relatively ordinary, at least by some definition, no matter how broad), but one day he received a pair of ruby slippers and a wand in the mail. With the slippers on, he could fly, and when he waved the wand, he could make people happy. So he decided to become a free-lance fairy godfather. This is one of his stories.
One day at the beginning of the Winter Festival, as he was flying through the town, doing good, he chanced to meet a woman with a thick beard and big upright bunny ears. Now, he had encountered some odd beings in the course of his travels over the years, and he knew of no reason why bearded, bunny-eared women should not exist, but he could honestly say that he hadn't met any, until that moment. So he stopped to talk to her.
"Hello, young, um, lady. I must say, I have never encountered one of your kind before. Have you come from far away, for the Festival?"
The young lady blushed furiously and averted her face, mumbling something about cheering up a friend. Then, to the godfather's astonishment, she pulled off the ears and beard to reveal a perfectly ordinary, if somewhat redder than average, woman.
She tried to explain, "It was merely a costume, sir, that I had borrowed. My name is Janet. I was going to visit a friend at the castle. She's feeling poorly, and she is under the care of a healer who lives there."
After introducing himself, the fairy godfather decided to accompany her to the infirmary. Where better to spread a little cheer? So, together, they walked up the hill to the castle gate.
But, when they reached the portcullis, they were amazed to find the gates closed. The castle gates normally stood open, and moreover, it was the time of the Winter Festival. There should have been a crowd of people going in and out, vendors shouting their wares, children and dogs and all. Instead, they faced the blank timbers of the castle gates.