What if the Sun Rose Slow?
Some people think it already does, but how long does it take? Ten minutes or something? That's fast. In the arctic it slower, sometimes taking months for it to turn from night time to day. But I mean, what if it rose even slower than that?
What if the sun only moved a few millimeters each day. What if the world was in a constant state of mostly-darkness, with only a little baby sun starting to peak out of the horizon? If that was the case, no one would really notice it moves at all, except for that one old guy who lives to be 150 years old and says, "Yep, it's a little lighter now than when I was first born." Even so, by the time he was that old his vision may be dimmed and not even notice it is getting lighter.
Of course scientists would take measurements, and tell everyone, "The sun is slowly rising, and one day humanity will see the light of day," and some people would believe them, and some wouldn't. Some people would theorize that if that actually happened, the whole earth would burn up, and the world as we know it would end. They would build bomb shelters for their grandchildren. It would make a great topic for books or movies of the day, "The Burning Apocalyptic Ball of Light" starring Mark Hamill.
But for most people, life would go on as normal, in a kind of pre-dawn haze. It would just be accepted...the world is dark. That is until one day, generations later, people would look at photographs of their great-grandparents and remark, "Boy, the world sure was a dark place back then. It's at least 10% brighter nowadays. I couldn't imagine living like that." Then their grandchildren would say the same thing. It would go on like that until ten or twelve generations later, when futuristic kids read in their digital history books how the world used to be darker, but no one really knows how dark it really was, because it was so long ago. Everyone would say, "Wow, what a strange, alien world it used to be. So dark and dismal...colder too. I sure am glad I am alive now instead." However some people wouldn't believe those history books either, because it's just always like that.
Until one day when the sun actually does come up. It would just barely be in full view, but the children of the day, and many people, would think it was always like that, too. They'd have no reason to think otherwise. It would be like a constant early morning sun, and people would just be warmer. That would make them a little happier, and the world would be a lighter place in general, and it would be accepted.
It would be the strangest thing, if the sun rose that slow, because there would be no epiphanies, or revelations, as to when it happened. It would just be a slow, gradual warming of the planet. A pain-stakingly slow warming of the people. A terribly drawn out, agonizing, shedding of light. A place where a man's entire life's work can be dedicated to making the world a brighter place, only to die and not see a single thing change, when all he had to do was wait. And that's the way it would be.
No celebration, and no holiday,
No one would know,
save for the few who always knew
that the sun was in fact rising,
and who deliberately, almost religiously,
chose to celebrate that fact
every single day of their lives,
even if they never got to see it fully shine.
Then we'd make a two-thousand year journey to noon.