The Christmas season makes December birthday's difficult for many people. My wife is one of them. She's very frugal; borderline miserly. Any money we do have, it's typically spent on gifts for the family and food for holiday parties. This year wasn't much different but she did allow herself to get a nice steak and lobster dinner at Black Angus.
If you don't know about the food at Il Fornaio, it's legit. For the second year, my wife went to eat at a buffet - yes, a buffet - at the Italian restaurant but this buffet style is only exclusive to the fundraising event the Wrapworks program of the San Diego Center for Children puts on. And the only ticket of admission is purchasing gifts for the children with a total value of at least $25.