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A sweet holiday treat for Prince Haakon and Mette-Marit's three children

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Norway's royal family posed with a giant gingerbread house for their Christmas photo this year
 Photo: © Rex

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Princess Ingrid Alexandra takes a break from decorating to play inside the sugary log cabin
 Photo: © Rex

18 DECEMBER 2009

A sugary, edible playhouse is probably high on every child's Christmas wishlist.

But for the children of Norway's Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, it's a reality.

For the royal family's annual Christmas photos, they posed with a life-size house made out of gingerbread and decorated by the children, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, Prince Sverre Magnus, and Marius.

Throughout the fun holiday activity, doting parents Haakon and Mette-Marit helped their little ones place ornaments decorated with icing on the house amidst lots of smiles and laughter.

The cheerful tots even spent some time playing inside the house, which is complete with a door and windows.

Though mum Mette-Marit, who wore traditional Norwegian dress, wouldn't allow the children to have a taste of the delicious log cabin, they snacked on some of the ornaments, in the shape of Christmas trees, hearts, and even Santa Claus.

Grandparents King Harald and Queen Sonja were also present for the house decorating and will spend the holidays with the rest of the family in Oslo.

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