When school broke up briefly for Weihnachten, Liesel even afforded sister Maria a 'merry Christmas' before going on her way. Knowing that the Hubermanns were essentially broke, still paying off debts and paying rent quicker than the money could come in.
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Answered by Aslan
This gives us context for Liesel's background and family life. We see that she is very poor and the Hubermanns just barely get by.