Actually the Santa Clause thing today, arrived via Holland, but was actually an American thing invented after the American Civil War based on the Poem, "The Night Before Christmas· and a Nast cartoon.
There is a parallel tradtion from England as in the song, the 12 days of Christmas, which is also the basis of the Hispanic versión when the presents come on 12th night, 5 January, the eve of the
three Kings, who brought presents to Jesús on the eepiphany, which was not at Bethelehem but at Nazareth over a year later. The Black wiseman, Balthazar is a areneassance versión of PC, considering
that until then the three wisemen were White in Europe, though in other places the same race as that country. They could not have represented the three races, and have followed the same star because their points of origin would have formed a triangle with Palestine in the center.
The nuber othree is not scriptural, it only refers to the gifts, there could have been two each bring the same three gifts, or 100 with the gifts divided between them.