Andersen Livens Up Christmas Spirit

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For 50 years, Gene Andersen has greeted visitors and shoppers to his Nut House in Ong. Up until 2000, Andersen also sold home grown Christmas trees. Today, he continues to sell nuts, veggies and an assortment of other goodies.

Tory Duncan

Looking for a way to get yourself in the Christmas spirit? A easy remedy for that is a trip to Ong, Nebraska, and a visit with Gene Andersen. That visit alone will put your spirits in the right frame of mind. Andersen has a knack for changing your mood, and right fast at that. His wit, humor and ease brings a calm over one’s day. He just has a way about him that adds a little spice to your day, just by walking in the door of his nut house. Gene’s Nut House is his little holiday shop in the northeast corner of Ong. It’s more than “Gene’s Nut House.” In his mind, it’s a place to gather, share a few stories and oh, by the way, find, what he says, is by far the biggest selection of nuts and goodies around, more than any grocery store or specialty store would ever think about having. It’s been Gene’s baby, his life, for the past 50 years. It all started with the simple planting of Christmas trees in 1964.


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