"I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas with a note on it saying, toys not included."
Whatever the reason, the market has often shown a small rally following Christmas and just prior to the traditional market rise in January, also known as the January Effect. I believe the January Effect is a more reliable stock market phenomenon than the Santa Claus Rally for many of the same reasons that explain the Santa Claus Rally. In fact, January has traditionally been the month that produces the most upward movement in the market.
Whatever the reason, I’ll be looking for any rallies that may occur in December and January and I'll be trying to figure out how I, as an individual investor, can make a buck off these rallies. Because that’s what investing is all about!