I think the near phobia reached its height when I sat with a newborn baby on my lap happily accepting baby cards from friends and was horrified how many were covered in glitter meaning, unknowingly to me, it sprinkled down on the child and they sparkled for days to come.
It is absolutely impossible to ensure glitter stays where it was intended – on cards, children's artworks, etc – and you find it for a long time to come. Even the most powerful suction on a vacuum cleaner will miss all of the shimmering specks and when you sit down to admire your clean home something in the carpet will twinkle and wink back at you and letting you know it has won again.
Apparently, there's a phobia for this called Sparkalaphobia. This chap hates glitter as much as me and puts up an almighty rant against it. I like the fact he pointed out that glitter never degrades and yes, he is right. Post Christmas, those glitter particles will be twinkling all over the house for days, months, years.
The person who invented glitter needs to be mentioned so we have a figure to aim our contempt and scorn at from now on. In 1934, machinist Henry Ruschmann of Bernardsville, New Jersey found a way to grind up plastics to make large quantities of glitter. He then founded Meadowbrook Inventions and they are still a major glitter supplier. The company's slogan is: "Our glitter covers the world" which is horrifically true.
Maybe we can get the eco-greens to help as this article reports "because of its small size and durable nature, glitter is a continuous environmental pollutant. And glitter is commonly made from materials that are not readily biodegradable." The author rightly called glitter an "eternal sparkling curse" and points out that while cockroaches are said to be able to survive the end of the world, glitter will be there with them.
Another toxic fact about glitter is it is not edible and pollutes our waterways when it washes off of us. Yet I have even been to people's houses for tea and they have proudly put on the table their latest batch of cupcakes covered in edible glitter! Why would I want to eat the stuff?
I've got the sticky-backed plastic ready to cover any Christmas cards adorned in glitter and hopefully will be able to minimise the loose sparkles although I know I'll be picking them out of clothes for months to come. I'll also be picking Christmas tree pine needles out of the carpet for months but you don't see me complaining about that as loudly, do you?
Go on, time to be honest now. Share your thoughts on glitter and prove I'm not the only one who totally and utterly hates it!