If you, like me, have had the good fortune to experience a northern hemisphere Christmas, you too might be as addicted to Christmas in July as I am. Most Australians also love a traditional Christmas dinner, however the typical midsummer heat here on Christmas Day, means that many families are forced to focus on salads, because it is just too hot to get enthusiastic about a traditional big roast with pudding etc. In fact, most of our family holidays occurred around Christmas and for me, many of them consisted of KFC on a beach somewhere. So, the chance to celebrate with the traditional fare is something I cherish, both at Christmas itself as well as in July when the hot food actually goes down better.

The precise beginnings of the Christmas in July tradition is not totally clear, nor does it need to be, as it is a simple idea that has been enjoyed by many here in Australia who remembers the northern hemisphere's snow blanketed Christmas nights.

So over the years many Australian families and organisations have opted to have an addition Christmas dinner in July celebration, in the middle of winter when it's nice and cool and great for tucking in to a sumptuous big feast. A Christmas in July dinner usually includes Christmas Decorations Christmas Candles, colourful streamers, bonbons, Christmas hats and whistles.

This Christmas tradition is so well entrenched in Australia that most restaurants, clubs and dining halls, have an official advertised annual catered menu for Christmas in July, and are often booked in advance, and it's always a great excuse for work teams to get together and party.

Featured on the home page this week I've included my favourite Christmas recipes you might like to share with friends, family or colleagues. Enjoy!