The Holy Innocents

Thank goodness I still live near my parents, because I do not like to cook and today is the day that we always have vanilla pudding with raspberries on top!

This is the feast of the Holy Innocents, all those little boys under the age of two slaughtered under King Herod’s orders because he was afraid of the prophecies telling of the Messiah who would claim the Throne of David. They are considered the very first martyrs, because they died because of Christ even though they didn’t know it.

The white pudding represents the purity and innocence of these little souls, and the red raspberries of course represents blood. Many sites I follow repeatedly point out that the joy of Christmas is immediately surrounded by reminders of suffering and death. That is what the life of a Christian is, though, so it’s appropriate, and the Church is a wise Mother and Teacher to organize the liturgies and feast of the Octave of Christmas around this “theme.”

Even though I’m not going to make the pudding myself, I got the recipe from my mother so that I could share it with all of you. (Thanks, Mama!) This recipe serves six.


Homemade Vanilla Pudding

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 1/2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons butter

Mix cornstarch, salt, and sugar. Add 1/2 cup milk, stir to dissolve then add remaining milk and 1 tsp vanilla. Cook till thick. Remove from heat and add 1/2 tsp. vanilla and butter. (Put a few frozen raspberries on the top of each serving for the Feast of the Holy Innocents.)


I hope your family enjoys this tradition as much as we have!


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