In these hot summer months we seem to ache for Christmas celebrations again. It is the coldest time of the year in Australia and they sometimes celebrate the festival this time of year. It’s a new tradition but it is great fun for the entire family.

As it is so hot outside, no one wants to turn on their oven and heat the house anymore than they have to. All these recipes are grilled or unbaked to conserve energy and keep your heating cost down. We also chose some seasonal goodies that you can find at your local markets this time of year. Lastly, we tried to use classic Christmas flavors but in a summer time way. Check out these 5 great Christmas in July party ideas.

1. Rotisserie Turkey. Beat the kitchen heat by tossing the turkey on the barbecue. Most come with a rotisserie attachment and it will be easy to set this cooking method up. There are also many benefits of cooking this way. The juices stay in the bird and you are left with a very tender and juicy meal.

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2. Grilled Vegetables. Grilling vegetables helps caramelize the natural sugars. This leaves a sweet and smokey flavor to the food. Use all your favorite veggies in this dish, but make sure you use a grill basket. That will keep your food from falling between the cracks.

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3. Grilled Corn. These are not your average corncobs. This recipe makes a lime cilantro wasabi butter that goes over it. This compound butter lightens the entire dish up and gives it a new kick. This recipe is perfect for summer barbecues but especially for Christmas in July.

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4. No Bake Cookies. No Christmas would be complete without cookies. In light of the heat, we have gone for a no bake cookie recipe. These chocolate goodies are easy to make and very kid friendly.

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5. Grilled Pineapple Dessert. This sweet and sticky dessert has all the flavors of Christmas time. The spices used, along with the cinnamon ice cream, give a very holiday feel to the entire meal. Finish off your Christmas in July party with this sweet treat.

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Angela Nightingale

If you want to know the best cupcake shop in any major city in America, just ask Angela. This girl knows her sweets, and she isn't shy about letting you know that your german chocolate cake needs more chocolate. If you want to find Angela on any given day, she's probably looking up reviews to decide where to grab lunch, or in her downtime, binge-watching the latest 'it-series' on Netflix.

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