Every day is just like Christmas, without the annoying relatives.
Seeing the image come forth is indeed magic.
The way the chemicals make love to the paper to produce such beauty is a thing of wonder. I guess that's why photographers must employ beautiful music in the darkroom. Without out the music the image may end up being ugly.
The photography process is for me, photographing almost exclusively people, a great deal of fun. I get to be an extrovert and performer for a while to coax out expression and spontaneity. I am high for an hour afterwards.