Do you remember collecting Backstreet Boys sticker albums when you were young? Or the Panini Football ones whenever the World Cup used to rear its huge, televised head? There’s something oddly satisfying about collecting stuff, but one Maltese group took it a step further, bringing together the most Maltese thing on the planet — santi.
It seems like having an actual album about Malta’s feasts last year wasn’t enough, because the next hot trend for the summer is set to be collecting all the saints everybody knows, loves and prays to.
And seeing as I can buy this stuff right in my hometown, I’ll probably start collecting Santi tal-Qaddissin (sic) soon. In case you’re not as convinced as I am, here are seven reasons why I instantly flipped shit when I saw this new album.
1. It’s a big collection
Kollezzjoni Santi Sagri‘s first batch has 50 stickers. Jesus (may or not may be included).
Each sticker is 14 x 9cm and you even get a bonus prayer on the back of each one. You can buy each Santa sticker for 90c.
2. Saints come with their own stats
Each Santa Sticker comes with an actual stats board — date of birth, death, beatification, canonisation, and feast date.
It even comes with a prayer… which we’re assuming may or may not be what you need to recite to get Santa Power before you engage your Santi into combat. Or is that not how these work?
3. Some of them are genuinely beautiful
Sublime AF, in fact.
That San Bastjan down there rocking his strike a pose pose is one of our favourites — you go gurl.
4. It documents Maltese culture
The guys who brought us this album are showing interest in documenting Maltese culture in a way which we have never seen before.
They really love all things Maltese and are bringing us a new way of learning about it in a way a lot of people enjoy. I mean, everyone loves stickers. Now, everyone will also love saints.
5. The page itself is very educational
You will get to read first hand about the Saint’s life, which means you get 50 mini biographies.
You will get to know who was fried, whose limbs were cut off and who was tied to a horse and dragged through an arena. Fun!
6. You’re guaranteed to not get any duplicates
This is because you can actually choose which stickers you will buy at the stationer’s. This means that you will not have to worry about getting five Saint Pauls and not having any friends to trade them with.
7. No more saintly confusion
You can also know the who’s who in the world of Patron Saints in no time. In the process, you’ll get a small reflection which tells you who is what’s patron Saint.
You will not be left confounded whether it’s Sant’ Antnin sibli il-ħwejjeġ mitlufin or San Martin. Oh thank you Lord.
BONUS: You don’t need to travel far and wide to collect ’em all
The album – along with the stickers, of course – is available all over Malta. Chances are the closest shop selling these babies is just a stone’s throw away (not that kind of stone-throwing).