I love when ornaments have great meaning. how wonderful that it is from your dad!
My most cherished ornaments are ones that come from the heart. Little foot prints and hand prints made from felt and put together so that they look like reindeer. It will always be a reminder of how small Sam and Julia were on their first Christmases and the love we share. I also have three little santas with each childs name writen in the white beard that were made from shinky-dinks when my three kids were little. They hold a place of honor on the front/center of our Christmas tree every year.
Each of my kids has one of those with their name on them! They were used as gift tags too! I think that is such a neat idea.