The exterior of Romney family Christmas card for 2012: Mitt and Ann with grandchildren. (Marlon Correa/The Washington Post)

It’s a Romney family tradition: Every summer, during vacation at the family’s lakefront compound in Wolfeboro, N.H., the whole brood poses for a photo to adorn that year’s Christmas card.

This year, though, the patriarch sat for the photo not knowing if he’d be mailing it out as the president-elect of the United States — or simply as Mitt Romney.

The 2012 Romney Christmas card began arriving in the mailboxes of friends and supporters this week, reports our colleague Philip Rucker, featuring a clan that’s bigger than ever, 30 people in all, augmented by the May arrival of Tagg and Jen Romney’s twin boys, David and William.

The simple message inside: “We wish you and your family a Merry Christmas, happy holiday season and a joyful New Year. The Romney family.”

The Romneys posed for the portrait over the July 4th holiday, when the then-Republican presidential nominee took a week off the campaign trail to relax with his loved ones at their wooded estate on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee.

Traditional Romney family activities ensued: The adults participated in the “Romney Olympics,” a highly competitive regimen of sports and games, while the children put on a talent show in the back yard.

Another tradition: The grandkids wore coordinated outfits for the photo. Last year, it was orange polka-dotted sundresses for the girls and blue checkered shirts and khakis for the boys. This year, the girls donned pink dresses with pink and white striped leggings and the boys wore sea green polo shirts and khaki shorts.

But the Romney men stuck to neutral shades — and Mitt, in particular, contrasts with the sea of pastel, sitting front and center in a simple black shirt.

The larger Romney family on the card’s interior, including sons and daughters-in-law. See a larger version here. (Marlon Correa/The Washington Post)

Read earlier: Mitt Romney’s summer vacation full of competitive sports and family meetings, 6/30/12

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