Okay, you got me... Willy-Nilly Day isn't real. Well, it isn't real in the official holiday sense, but I celebrate it all of the time. It all started between my mom and my sister. We would give each other a small gift, and when we asked "what is this for?", we explained it as just a willy-nilly gift.
WILLY NILLY: spontaneous, without plan or intention
It began to snowball pretty quickly into something that happened more often, but still unplanned and surprising. "Happy Willy-Nilly Day!" "Guess what, today is Willy-Nilly Day!" It was the most liberating way to celebrate the moments we spent together. Usually, the fanfare of gifts, special decorations, and traditions are saved for the big well-established holidays like Christmas and birthdays. Those holidays and celebrations can be magical, but they can also be stressful, expensive, and full of unmet expectations. Willy-Nilly Day encourages the celebration of the simple things, and gives us permission to elevate any day into a holiday.
So, I can see you are totally ready to start celebrating. Now you have an excuse to create art... you have so many possible Willy-Nilly moments in your future and art makes a great gift. Pull out those fancy napkins you bought and never use for your family dinner tonight. When they ask, "why the fancy napkins?", what are you going to say?
"Happy Willy-Nilly Day!"