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Winning Christmas? Woman creates life-size Hansel and Gretel gingerbread house for 'non-traditional' festive display

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If you've ever looked enviously at other people's lavishly decorated homes at Christmas, spare a thought for Christine McConnell's neighbours.

Or, her parents' neighbours to be precise.

The artist, photographer and queen of gothic cakes has recently expanded her repertoire from decorating fabulously eerie bakes to turning her folks' house into life-size works of art.

At Halloween she transformed their three-storey LA home into a giant monster and just a few weeks on she's given it the Grimm brothers treatment in time for Christmas. 

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Hansel and Gretel's gingerbread cottage - made entirely from confectionery in order to lure children to an oven-based death - may not be everyone's idea of a Christmas fairytale, but when all's said and done, we are talking about a house made from biscuits.

Christine, 34, didn't actually use real gingerbread in the makeover (what a waste), instead she hand made fixtures and fittings to give the illusion of a roof dripping with icing and a porch being held up by candy canes.

"I've always decorated it for Christmas, but never something like this, just traditional," Christine tells ABC News. "I did their house for Halloween and it just sort of blew up, and I never thought it would get this complicated."

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"I've always been a really big fan of the Hansel and Gretel story, and I just saw that movie 'Christmas Vacation' where Chevy Chase goes crazy with the Christmas lights," she adds. "I thought I could do something over the top like that."

She even enlisted her nieces Chloe and Keira to play Hansel and Gretel, while she acted as the child-eating witch for the final photoshoot.

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If you're currently considering how feasible a Rapunzel-inspired makeover is before Christmas, it's probably worth bearing in mind the project took Christine 15 hours a day for a week - and she has a stunning talent for decorating.

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But if you do feel moved to give your home an original spin for the festive season, remember to send us a picture.

See Christine McConnell's fabulously eerie cakes here

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