Dr Gillen is a Senior Lecturer in the Literacy Research Centre and Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster, and is also a member of the Centre for Mobilities Research. She researches digital literacies including professional use of Twitter and young people in virtual worlds.
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    Last posting date for Christmas? It was very different for the Edwardians!

    In the first years of the twentieth century, people in some areas occasionally posted a letter or postcard on Christmas Day morning, with it arriving within hours. It was certainly likely to arrive safely if posted on Christmas Eve if local, or the day before if sent over a greater distance. Christmas cards were very varied in their appearance and sometimes created or commissioned by the senders themselves.