San Isidro, beloved as patron saint of farmers, symbolizes the dignity of work and the holiness that is attainable through ordinary lives.
"San Isidro Labrador (Saint Isidore the Farmer)": 1866 oil on canvas by Joaquin Castañon
San Antonio Museum of Art, Texas Triangle, south central Texas: Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons @ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Joaquin_Castañon_-_San_Isidro_Labrador,_1866,_San_Antonio_Museum_of_Art.jpg
The practice of creating santo images (religious-themed images, such as angels, Our Lady Mary, saints), originating in Spain, spread to the New World; it is preserved as folk art in New Mexico.
One of New World's foremost santeros (wood carver of santo images): Patrociño Barela (ca. 1900 - July 2, 1964), self-taught and illiterate, poses with his carvings and one of his children.
Smithsonian Archives of American Art, Federal Art Project, Photographic Division: Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons @ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Archives_of_American_Art_-_Patrociño_Barela_-_3266.jpg
Posole in clay bowl: Hearty, pre-Columbian traditional stew is welcome comfort food.
Cuernavaca, Morelos state, south central Mexico: Meutia Chaerani / Indradi Soemardjan http://www.indrani.net, CC BY SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons @ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pozole.jpg
In "The Santero's Miracle," 10-year-old Andrés enjoys road-sledding through forested valleys of Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
Sangre de Cristo Mountains, behind Santa Fe, during a winter sunset after a downfall of snow
north central New Mexico; Jan. 30, 2013, at 06:31: Vivaverdi, CC BY SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons @ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sangre_de_Christo_Mountains-Winter_sunset.jpg
In "The Santero's Miracle," Andrés' father, don Jacobo, worries that heavy, unplowed snowfalls will deter family reunions with relatives in Taos ("place of red willows").
"Near Taos, Rio Grande": 1997 oil on masonite by O. (Orville) Gail Poole (September 30, 1935-April 13, 2013)
O. Gail Poole Collection; Lisa Nicole Poole, owner; Norman, Cleveland County, central Oklahoma: Nicole Poole (NicolePoole), CC BY SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons @ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Near_Taos,_Rio_Grande,_by_O._Gail_Poole.JPG
In "The Santero's Miracle," Andrés' father, don Jacobo, worries about snowfall as hardship, foiling visits from relatives in Los Alamos.
view of Los Alamos (Spanish: Los Álamos, "the cottonwoods"), with Omega Bridge across Los Alamos Canyon: Daniel Schwen (Dschwen), CC BY SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons @ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Los_Alamos.jpg