The idea of giving gifts derives from the ancient understanding that each soul comes to life bearing inner gifts.
Genius was a primary word used for naming the inner brilliance of each soul born into the world.
Rituals of gift-giving once carried the intention of encouraging people to find their genius and give the inner gifts of the soul.
Offering a gift served to highlight the giftedness of both the one giving and the one receiving
and enacts a remembrance of the unique giftedness of each life which can become a light shining in the darkness.