Well, things have a funny way of working out sometimes. First, let me say thanks to the positive feedback I received from all those that offered it.
Turns out that my wife and I were looking at an in stock 2013 Forester that matched like 95% of our wish list and was one of our 2 preferred colors, and as I was browsing through dealer inventory a little while ago, low and behold they showed some several new inventory as "In Transit". Of those vehicles, I found a 100% equipment and color match of EXACTLY what we are looking for. I couldn't have found a better match if I ordered it myself! (which I have done twice before) I immediately called my salesman, gave him the VIN and told him to put it on hold for me as I will be in ASAP to give them a deposit.
The vehicle is scheduled to be here the last week of December so looks like I'll be taking advantage of whatever incentive they are offering in December. Santa's sleigh is going to be mighty heavy this year!