I don't feel any differently with digital than I did with film in the "waiting/anticipation" regard, simply because the image in the camera of a digital camera although readily available to view is just the beginning. The same as a negative and contact sheet. Besides when you OTR in digital and shoot raw you don't get a great looking chimp anyways.
Christmas morning for me when you start to get to work in the printing for analog and the manipulation in the computer for digital to realize what you were trying to achieve when you shot it.
If you shoot and merely print digital I can see where people don't get it. The analogy of the two is not hand printing VS digital printing, it's hand printing in analog vs manipulation in the computer for digital. This is where the two use the artistic side of the brain. The actual printing in digital is quite superfluous if you have your system set up correctly.