Cole really really really wants Christmas to hurry up and get here so he can have Cranky the Crane and a Fireman Sam firetruck and other select toys. I tried to explain in terms a preschooler could understand. I said, "First, the leaves need to fall off the trees and then it'll snow and THEN it will be Christmas."
Then he said to me, "Mommy, get a really tall ladder, Mommy. And Mommy, get a bucket, Mommy. Then, Mommy, then climb up and up and up, Mommy and put the leaves in the bucket, Mommy. And give them to me, Mommy and I will put the leaves on the ground, Mommy. Then we can wait for snow."