The selection of the shotgun shell wreaths as a Holiday Craft finalist is horrifying [“Jingle bells, shotgun shells,” Local Living, Dec. 13], especially in light of the even more horrifying Sandy Hook massacre. While the voting was done and decisions were made before this tragedy occurred, I’m dismayed that these items were even selected as a contest contender.

It is important to note that the wreaths were artfully executed. From a distance, they are amazing — bright and colorful. But seeing them up close, and knowing their base material, I cannot help but feel they do not reflect society’s goals for any holiday season, be it Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, or even a peaceful winter solstice.

As a crafter, I can imagine any number of inappropriate materials which could form delightful wreaths. Several personal hygiene products come to mind. But any attempt to create a unique and eye-catching decoration needs to be tempered by something often missing in today’s world — good taste.

Sally M. Zeller, Baltimore