Arab Christians have been a part of American history for generations. The first Arabs to arrive as immigrants to the United States were Christian who came as early as the mid-18th century.
Christian families in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) felt that integration into American culture and society may be easier because of their shared faith.
Today, according to the Arab American Institute, 63% of Arab Americans are Christians. They descended from ancient Arab Christian clans in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Yemen and Iraq. The first Arabic speaking church was built in New York in 1880, while the first Arabic speaking mosque was built in Michigan in 1919. Both use the word Allah, the Arabic word for God, as well as share a love for Jesus (Peace Be Upon Him).
If you would like to wish a friend a Merry Christmas in Arabic, you would say Eid Milad Majid. Since we used Scrabble Tiles for this Simple Eid Table Frame Decor Tutorial, we thought we’d try using them again to make an ornament to give to a friend.
Lay the letters on the cardstock and trace out with a pencil.
Cut out the traced shape, but try to cut on the inside of the lines, making the shape slightly smaller.
Add hot glue to the back of the letters and glue them on to the cardstock.
Add your ribbon to the top with more hot glue.
Let the ornament sit for a few minutes for the glue to cool then it’s ready to hang or be placed in a gift box.
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